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Welcome to the Reach4Work Website!
Reach4Work is an exceptionally successful free support service for disabled people looking to move closer to or get into work.
Reach4Work is a service provided by Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS), a grassroots working community of disabled people.
The key elements of Reach4Work are:
- BuDS is a supportive, inclusive and caring community which provides exceptional emotional and peer support to disabled jobseekers. When a disabled jobseeker joins BuDS, they are not merely a client or service-user but a member of the charity, a full participant in our wider working community.
- The volunteer role which job seekers have within a BuDS project is bespoke and structured to provide the experience, skills and networking which the individual jobseeker needs – it is a fantastic work experience role created for the benefit of both the charity and the jobseeker, with highly supportive staff and volunteer support.
- Reach4Work provides disabled jobseekers with professional employment support elements such as training, mentoring, interview and CV skills, job placements, etc. Every participant has an Individual Support Plan and a one-to-one mentor.
- Through the work of the BucksWorkability project, jobseekers are brought into contact with local employers who are already being helped to create inclusive workplaces and opportunities for disabled workers.
Reach4Work has been operating for over a decade, and has proven exceptionally successful at moving disabled jobseeker volunteers into or closer to work, with 95% reporting positive progress. Around a third of our disabled jobseeker volunteers move into work or vocational training within a year of starting with Reach4Work.