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New DVD Released by Employment and Benefits Organisation

Jobcentre Plus, the government’s employment and benefits organisation that works to help people obtain and keep work, has launched a DVD to advertise its services for disabled people and those with serious health conditions in an effort to raise awareness about the services available for them.

The DVD, entitled We Can Help, aims to dispel frequent assumptions that disabled people or those suffering from a health condition are unable to enter the job market. It also hopes to encourage these people to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. The DVD charts the progress of the leading character, Sarah, from beginning to end, from her first visit and interview at Jobcentre Plus until she finds a job.

Raising Awareness

The Minister for Disabled People Anne McGuire MP outlined the scheme’s purpose as implementing the active provision of support, equality and choice for disabled people and those with health conditions. McGuire claimed that one million disabled people say they would like to work and could work if they were given the right support.

Reaffirming the Jobcentre Plus’s commitment to a lack of discrimination Anne McGuire stated: “By launching the We Can Help DVD Jobcentre Plus is raising awareness and ensuring that no one misses out on the wide range of local advice and support available to those who may be considering returning to the workplace.”

The DVD will also contain useful advice for disability organisations, health professionals and employers who are looking at employing a more diverse workforce. In keeping with the DVD’s general message of diversity and inclusion it will be available in 14 different languages as well as versions including British Sign Language and English audio description for visually impaired people. Free copies of the “We Can Help” DVD will be available from the Disability Employment Adviser at local Jobcentre Plus offices.

Sara Hashash

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