Birmingham Disability Resource Centre’s Positive Pathways project engages with adults with disabilities across the West Midlands and South Staffordshire, working with them on individually-tailored pathways towards recovery using a person-centred approach through education, volunteering, and employment.
Birmingham Disability Resource Centre, was established in 1992 and run by and for people with disabilities, including those with physical disability, learning disability, sensory impairment, long-term health conditions and mental ill-health.
Our £45,000 grant will be spread across the programme’s three-year lifespan, helping at least 90 people with disabilities a year access the personalised, disabled-focussed help that the programme offers.
Positive Pathways aims to help any person with disabilities or person with a long-term condition who is looking to enter or return to employment, training or volunteering. Most beneficiaries are unemployed, and many are likely to lack basic skills including literacy, numeracy, and core skill training. They also lack relevant and recent work experience, appropriate qualifications and current vocational skills.
The project offers support in three ways. There’s a two-day a week, six-week ‘Opportunities for Life’ programme that gives disabled people the skills, knowledge and confidence to move towards employment. Secondly, the Opportunities Hub, where anyone who is on or who has been on one of employment programmes can drop-in for additional support. The third element involves mentoring and guidance, ensuring that disabled people engaged through Positive Pathways are receiving their full entitlements and any wider barriers preventing them from participating are resolved.