DEAF UMBRELLA CIC PROGRAMME
Employment Search Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people
Fully funded and sponsored by Deaf Umbrella we bring you pre-employment support for Deaf people.
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1 to 4pm we provide BSL support workers to assist members of the London and South East region (Kent) deaf community to engage with employment activities.
SO WHAT DO WE DO?
WE SUPPORT YOU ON
ARE YOU IN?
Preparing for work
Engaging with employers
Employment needs assessment
Universal Job Match
Travel around London
Access to work support
Information provided in BSL
Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 & 1-4pm
At Deaf Umbrella office (or Skype)
How Can We Help?
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
We are looking for volunteers (deaf or hearing) who want to join us on this new project to assist deaf people every step of their way on their pre-employment journey. You will need a minimum Level 2 BSL qualification.
Deaf Umbrella CIC is a not for profit community interest company – come and join our strong loyal team.
WHY CHOOSE US?
You will find deaf trainers and deaf staff who speak your language; they are here to support you every step of the way.
No more writing notes or waiting for interpreters like other services. Our support workers are on hand to book and support you at interviews without waiting times.
Come and create plans, get motivated into action and achieve your aims.
We are a community interest company reinvesting profits back into the community; be a part of it.
“Make it happen”.
WANT FURTHER INFORMATION?
Or text us: 07786 965998
Deaf people are supported setting up new business; Entrepreneurs, we want to support your ideas!
Deaf people are supported with Apprenticeships; what industry do you want to work in?
Deaf people are supported into work; earning a good wage.
We speak your language!
- Case Study -
CIC invited it’s first cohort of learners to the Pre-employment course in February 2015. Although the programme had been months in the planning, of course there is always a learning curve and this group were our guinea pigs – and what a nice bunch they were!
Miss L is profoundly deaf in one ear and has a severe hearing loss in the other, having been so since birth. Her mother is a speech therapist and took the decision that mainstream school and an oral education would be best for her daughter. Miss L learned to lip read and enjoyed some educational support throughout her time at school. However, inevitably, she missed out on vital information along the way and did not achieve academic greatness. It is a sad fact that the profoundly deaf will leave school with a hoped for average reading age of 9!
Miss L struggled to cope and became increasingly isolated. Her younger sister also suffers a hearing loss, but unlike Miss L is a Signer. The isolation and frustration felt by Miss L was obvious from her body language upon entering the Deaf Umbrella offices. However, her CV showed promise and we were convinced that if we could pierce the outer shell, we could reach a different Miss L and most definitely assist her into work.
Success! Miss L gained firstly an interview and then a place at a prestigious Oxford Street store to train as a therapist on their intensive programme. This would involve a residential course at their Head Office in Dorset. What an opportunity! What a challenge for Miss L, her confidence was growing daily in response to the CIC programme … She rose to this challenge and took up her place on the course.
Despite her initial reservations, Miss L enjoyed her time on the CIC programme and most definitely took advantage of the information imparted. We wish her well for the future – hopefully a brighter one than the one she envisaged when she first joined us!?