Bristol WORKS for Everyone. Employment Support for people with a learning disability. Creative Arts Pilot.

The Bristol WORKS for Everyone programme is a new project that supports people with learning disabilities into paid employment. The service starts in schools at the age of 14 and continues to retirement age and has a wide range of programmes of support. For more information please go to www.bristolworksforeveryone.org.

As part of the Bristol WORKS for Everyone programme we are pleased to announce a new pilot for those people with a learning disability to gain paid employment / self-employment within the creative sector. Please find details below. If you wish to find out more information about Bristol WORKS for Everyone or about the Creative Employment Pilot, please contact me directly – my contact details are at the bottom of this email.

Creative Employment Programme

We recognise it’s difficult to break into the creative industry, especially if you’re living with a learning difficulty.
The Creative Employment Programme is PAPER Arts’ 6-month course supporting individuals with learning difficulties to gain the skills and experience necessary to make a start in Bristol’s artistic community. The course will feature a range of group sessions, 1-2-1 mentoring and workshops from industry professionals and organisations who have lived experience of, or support people with learning disabilities.

Course Structure
Each month will consist of 3 parts
CATCH-UP: A 3 hour group session sharing progress and offering advice
MENTORING: A 1-2-1 mentoring session with an industry professional to work on goals
WORKSHOP: A day-long workshop on professional development and curated to suit each person’s projects and specific support needs.

Through the course, we will support you to build your confidence, develop new skills and gain vital experience in order to prepare you for self-employment or work within creative organisations.

Interested in participating? To find out more about the programme and to make a referral, contact Paul Gaunt, (Bristol City Council’s Employment Support Manager, paul.gaunt@bristol.gov.uk) for details about coming along to our informal drop-in sessions on 14th November at The St Paul’s Family Learning Centre anytime from 10am to 4pm.