Staff from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service The Woodmill, were in a jubilant mood after Eddie, a 1:1 enabler was awarded PLUSS achiever of the year - runner up, at the Pluss Disability Confident Networking event in Exeter on the 11th March. They were also able to raise awareness of the benefits and support when employing disabled people.

Gill Hardy, Speech and Language Therapist, worked closely with Eddie post his brain injury and presented Eddie’s story about how he worked with PLUSS to gain employment. Eddie started working for The Woodmill in December 2014.

We heard from other employers and staff who provided some very powerful success stories about how working had reaped benefits for both the individual and the business. They highlighted how employers could, by making changes in the normal recruitment process, installing technology and working alongside PLUSS, were able to tap into talented individuals. There is a higher unemployment rate for disabled people than the overall population.” Serena Dyer, Business Administrator at The Woodmill.

Pluss, a social enterprise group, are currently delivering the DWP’s specialist disability employment programme ‘Work Choice’ and also work closely with the DWP to deliver their national ‘Disability Confident’ campaign, which is designed to encourage employers to embrace the skills that disabled people can bring to business.