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Employment

Having a job is an essential part of most people's lives. Here you’ll find some of the organisations that offer free and impartial advice on finding a job to suit you. They can also help with any difficulties you may have.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Their staff are trained to help you find the right kind of employment - full time or part time, temporary or permanent. They have a range of information on self-employment and training.

Their aim is to help more people into paid work and help employers fill their vacancies.

They also offer people of working age the help and support they’re entitled to if they can’t work and will advise on what benefits might be available.

You can search the database of vacancies on the internet at your local Jobcentre Plus office, or by calling the Jobseeker Direct phone line on 0845 6060234, text phone 0845 6055 255.

Support for people with disabilities

Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) based at the Jobcentre Plus provide specialist support on employment issues that affect carers and people with disabilities.  

Personal advisers will give you details of suitable vacancies and explain fully the range of programmes and initiatives available to help you. They can help you make a plan to get into work or to keep your existing job. They can also carry out an employment assessment to find jobs that match your experience and skills.

If you have learning disabilities

If you have learning disabilities there are a number of choices for you.

Community Learning Disabilities Team

People with a learning disability seeking full time or part time employment can get advice from the Community Learning Disabilities Team, who will put you in touch with the relevant organisations.

30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow
London E17 6QU

Phone: 020 8521 0337

Ellingham Employment Services

Ellingham Employment Services provides a range of job opportunities for people with learning disabilities as well as coaching, life skills and volunteering activities.

5-11 Ellingham Road
Leytonstone
London E15 2AU 

Phone: 020 8519 5234

Equality and Human Rights Commission

For information on employment rights for disabled people, visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website

If you’re recovering from mental health problems

Richmond Fellowship Waltham Forest

The Richmond Fellowship provides employment support to people recovering from mental health problems. This includes job search, completing applications, writing CVs, interview skills, training and career advice.

19 Mansfield Road
Ilford
Essex
IG1 3BA

Phone: 020 8514 965
Email: walthamforestES@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Know your rights

The Citizens Advice Bureau provides advice and guidance about your rights and how to solve problems. There’s also information on what help is available if you're looking for work.

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