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There are many wonderful young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across Surrey who have the capabilities to do a wide range of jobs, have a longing to work and would make great employees if given the chance. Employers can benefit from employing these young people to fulfil a need, to gain business insights, to increase staff morale and to demonstrate to customers and communities that they care . In the tight labour market of Surrey it provides access to new pool of “Hidden Talent”. 

Would you like to find partner organisations (charities, colleges etc) to explore how you can benefit from accessing new talent and help a young person on their pathway to work? Find organisations and contacts below.

Surrey wide

Sight for Surrey offers a lifetime of support to people who are blind or partially sighted, deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing across Surrey and are based in Leatherhead. They have just launched their Employment programme Job Sense which aims to provide individuals with the employability skills and confidence to establish themselves as employable individuals with unrivalled potential.  Click here to see the Job Sense launch video.
To find out more about how your organisation could get involved contact Callum Russell - CRussell@sightforsurrey.org.uk


Surrey Choices - The Surrey Choices EmployAbility team support people with learning disabilities, autism, physical and sensory disabilities to achieve their employment aspirations.   Their support for employers is free and they have expertise in matching employees with employer vacancies, supporting through the whole recruitment process, training for your staff and providing on-going support in the workplace for as long as is needed.  They work with around 900 people across Surrey and over 200 different employers.  Watch their 'Message to Employers' video on their YouTube 
To find out more contact Employability@surreychoices.com for further information


Reigate and Banstead

YMCA East Surrey is a charity that supports people with disabilities through a range of services encouraging them to reach their full potential.  We offer volunteering, apprenticeships and intership placements.  To find out more about what we do and how we can work with you as a business please contact john.brunswick@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk



Orpheus is an independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts.

  • Would your organisation like to work in partnership with Orpheus to help develop work placement opportunities for their talented young people in Godstone, Oxted, Croydon, Caterham, E.Grinstead

To find out more about working in partnership with Orpheus click here or to find out more about the Employers forum contact PattiThomas-Verweij@orpheus.org.uk



The halow project is a Guildford based charity which supports young people with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community and find employment opportunities. 
To learn more about a recent work experience placement click here and to get in touch contact Aisha.Ariakutti@halowproject.org.uk


LinkAble is a Woking-based charity providing sports, social and recreational activities for children and adults with a broad range of learning disabilities. The focus for young people is independence and development to help build confidence for new opportunities like employment.
To find out more contact alison.keeley@linkable.org.uk


Surrey Heath





Dramatize is a theatre company for individuals with learning disabilities. As well as running theatrical workshops, performances and events they also support individuals to achieve their goals, including helping find work opportunities.  To find out more contact karen@dramatize.co.uk

Epsom and Ewell


Mole Valley

The Grange, Bookham, supports over 100 people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. Work experience is a vital part of developing a person’s confidence and we run skills training and mini - businesses in-house to give people an insight into the world of work. Our dedicated Work Experience Co ordinator, Mel Shehan, currently works with over 30 local employers who provide work placements as diverse as charity shops, offices, supermarkets and visitor centres. ‘Employers often have concerns about insurance, time commitment, etc,’ says Mel, ‘but I’m here to make sure everything goes smoothly.’ Contact melanie.sheehan@grangecentre.org.uk

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