Be Ready Employer Hub

The Be Ready Employer Hub is a new free-to-use support service which launched at SWBC’s spring conference. It is helping Devon-based employers recruit and support staff with a disability and / or long-term health condition. Nearly one in five people of working age in the UK have declared they have a disability – and 83% of disabilities are gained while in work.

As we face the unique situation of the coronavirus national lockdown, the Be Ready Employer Hub is available to provide support and guidance through a combination of on-line information and training workshops. In our launch presentation, we referred to the fact that current circumstances may drive employees to disclose their disability or health-condition for the first time, as their condition had not impacted on their ability to work previously. We can provide guidance and links to specialist support for employers – free of charge – if this is happening in your business. This includes mental health conditions, which may become more prevalent as the nation’s lock-down continues.

We are contactable by phone on 01392 241124, or on-line at www.readydevon.gov.uk (our new website regularly updates information relating to employees with disabilities and health conditions). We will be making our training workshops available as interactive video conferencing sessions – you only need internet access to participate, so these can be delivered to employees based at home (see website for when these will be available)

If you have any specific queries, you can also email the project team directly: Debbie Stafford [email protected] or Sue Windley [email protected].