Getting the Support Required

Access to Work, the Department for Work and Pensions programme aimed at supporting people in employment, began in 1994. More than twenty years later, some people still don’t know how the scheme can help them.

A recent study by charity “Versus Arthritis” asked 1,582 people with arthritis or a related condition about Access to Work. 52% of them had never heard of the programme. That’s unfortunate because getting the right support at work can transform the lives of employees who have a disability or long-term health problem.

Access to Work pays for practical adjustments in the workplace like assistive equipment, coaching, adaptations to the office environment and even disability training for colleagues. Depending on company size, funding is often free and at no cost to the employee or employer.

At Concept Northern, we help employees with learning challenges like dyslexia, as well as people who have mobility problems, hearing loss, or restricted vision. Experience has shown us that with the correct equipment, training and support, everyone can develop, achieve and be fulfilled at work.

But to get the right support, stakeholders need to know how Access to Work helps and how to apply for funding. To make things easier, we’ve created a handy booklet which guides applicants through the process. There’s information for employees, employers and national training providers covering topics such as eligibility, available support and application guidance. Further help is also available directly from our Access to Work specialists.

Versus Arthritis want to raise awareness of the Access to Work scheme, and we do too. Funding is available so it’s important that it’s used. Spreading the word about the programme is a vital first step to making that happen.

To access our handy Access to Work application guide follow this link.

If you’d like to speak to an Access to Work advisor directly, please contact Alan Taylor on 01355 573 173 or by email to

To read more about the Versus Arthritis report, visit –