Newcastle City Council supports and advises disabled people who want to develop their skills and find employment opportunities.

The Work First service is open to anyone who has a disability and can be accessed via a Disability Employment Advisor from Job Centre Plus. Work First is arranged through the Shaw Trust and helps disabled people and people with long term health problems to find and stay in paid employment. Further information is available here. We have been running Work First type programmes for over 20 years, and on average, every year, helps 35 Newcastle residents to get a job. The Work First service also helps people to stay in employment.

People with disabilities who have complex needs will already have a professional involved – for example a social worker or Connexions advisor who can access the following services:

  • Capability's is a coffee shop and print shop offering people with disabilities or mental health problems opportunities to develop their skills and experiences and get training and qualifications in a realistic workplace.
  • Natures Landscapes is a grounds maintenance service that employs people through the Work First programme and also provides some training placements for people with a disability. It provides sustainable employment for people who have been on the Work Choice Programme. For more information contact: alan.wear@newcastle.gov.uk or telephone 0191 264 4850 / 07816 674 762 
  • Palatine Bed Factory, Westerhope, is managed by Your Homes Newcastle and employs disabled people through the Work First service.

Further advice and support for disabled people looking for full and part time work can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Page last updated: 12 March, 2015