Kennedy Scott to deliver Oxfordshire County Council provision to support local people

Kennedy Scott has been awarded the opportunity to deliver Oxfordshire County Council’s new flagship Wellbeing and Employability Support Service. Starting in January, this pioneering service will provide an uplifting, energising service to the most disadvantaged people in the County – helping them to fulfil their potential, improve their wellbeing, and live more independent services.

As the Prime Contractor for the government’s national Specialist Employability Support (SES) provision, we have proven credentials working with those with the most severe, complex barriers to work, including people with learning disabilities or many on the autistic spectrum.

Through this contract, trained Kennedy Scott staff deliver its unique Circle of Support model, where they work with every relevant person in a jobseeker’s life to support progression into sustainable careers, including friends, families, GPs and social workers.

This will form the bedrock of the new service in Oxfordshire. Working in partnership with the Royal Mencap Society, Public Consulting Group (PCG) and OXSPA, the service will also include innovative features such as:

-In-depth assessments to determine barriers and aspirations, and map out a way forward.

-A focus on volunteering – placements will be arranged with a number of local organisations through a revolutionary volunteering portal.

-Organisations to have signed up already include Oxfordshire FA, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire RFU, the Buck Project and Williams F1 Racing.

-Volunteers at the heart of the delivery, supporting Co-ordinators to deliver the service in a variety of ways.

-Wellbeing activities, including access to a wide range of sporting activities through OXSPA and workshops on issues including Nutrition, Smoking Cessation and Getting Active.

-Support with jobsearching activities, including through an online portal.

Oxfordshire County Cllr and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Judith Heathcoat said:

"Oxfordshire has a thriving economy and a vibrant jobs market. We know that it benefits disabled people to have the support they need to get work, and it benefits Oxfordshire to bring their skills into the workforce.

We are delighted to commission a service that will support disabled and vulnerable people across the county to improve their wellbeing and gain paid work."

Mencap's Regional Locality Manager for Oxfordshire, Dee Napier said:

“Mencap is delighted to be working in partnership with Kennedy Scott to help reach more people with a learning disability in Oxfordshire and support them to develop skills and gain employment.

“Just 7% of people with a learning disability are in employment. Yet with the right training and support on offer many can become valued and trusted employees of any organisation. We hope partnerships like this can help us continue to change employer attitudes and give people with a learning disability the opportunity to experience the pride and independence that comes with having a job."