3SC is committed to promoting innovative and efficient ways of facilitating third sector organisations to support people with disabilities, whilst promoting disability rights and issues.
DWP currently commission a range of specialist disability services including Work Choice, Access to Work and Work Capability Assessments. The commissioning strategy for 2017/18 has been published for consultation and sets out the future commissioning priorities and how they intend to work with providers and partners.
3SC’s disability strand is embedded within all our contracts, ensuring that customers with disabilities receive the highest level of service, even within mainstream provision. We work closely with disability partners ranging from established large-scale organisations to smaller grass-roots localised charities and social enterprises to provide a wrap-around bespoke service that meets the needs of each individual.For example in the London Talent Match programme 3SC will be leading the Disability Specialist partnership including Mencap, Royal Association for Deaf People, Royal London Society for the Blind, City & Hackney Mind, Jobs in Mind, and a range of specialist providers to support 18 - 24 year olds who have been out of work, education or training over 12 months
We also deliver specialised support through:-
Access to Work
3SC is a prime contractor for Access to Work in Wales, and is one of just 7 prime contractors in the UK. We work with six delivery organisations, including national charities such as RNIB and RAD as well as specialist assessment centres such as RNCE Ability Net and smaller providers. This is a DWP service which employs specialist advisers who undertake assessments and deliver a grant to help pay for practical support for those in work who have a disability, health or mental health condition.
3SC are a partner in the Access Ability initiative which brings together prime providers of DWP’s Work Choice and Access to Work, to engage employers and break down barriers to employing disabled people and create a single point of contact to enable easy access to the right information from the right people.
3SC strives to be an influential voice for disability issues and improving services; we met with the Minister for Disability Esther McVey in early 2013 to discuss improvements to the Access to Work scheme and subsequently met with members of the “expert panel” charged by the Minister for recommending improvements to the Access to Work model.
3SC has supported over 2000 people with disabilities through the above programmes and others including Work Programme. We are also proud to have been nominated for two awards during 2013 for innovation on the Access to Work portal.
Specialist Employment Support
3SC works as a sub partner to the Royal National Colleague for the Blind (RNC) and commands a supply chain of in excess of 20 organisations to deliver this pan UK contract. The programme is designed to assist customers with a visual impairment who are at risk of exclusion from the job market. To secure and sustain employment or self-employment through an individually tailored combination of guidance, learning in the workplace, work experience and training. This includes helping participants to overcome barriers to enable them to either secure sustainable employment or to become suitable for wider provision following intensive support.