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Getting a Scholarship - 13/02/2017
Entries are now closed for the Prestige Scholarship which was generously offered to Undergrads and Postgraduates. More >>

Getting heard

Getting Heard training In North East Lincolnshire 25/02/2011
Four young people involved in Getting a Life in North East Lincolnshire took part in a an event on 24 and 25 February, to support them in speaking up for themselves and building confidence – all of which can impact on getting a job and a life. More>>


Person centered training Person-centred Assessment Training in North East Lincolnshire 4/02/2011
The North East Lincolnshire Getting a Life team held a two-day person-centred assessment training course on 3-4 February. Jonathan Ralphs (Helen Sanderson Associates) led the course, which was attended by 16 members of staff from a variety of organisations working with young people with learning disabilities in the area, including schools, colleges, Connexions and the local authority transitions and adult social care/health services. More>>


 

Transition Employment Support Officer in North Tyneside 26/11/2001
North Tyneside employs a Transition Employment Support Officer to support young people with learning disabilities at Beacon Hill and Woodlawn schools to think about future jobs and careers. This role is funded until December 2011, through the National Transition Support Programme (TSP) grant. The North Tyneside multi-agency joint Getting a Life and TSP project team identified the need for the role through a gap analysis exercise. More>>


GAL launch Getting a Life project launches in North East Lincolnshire 18/01/2011
Getting a Life project for North East Lincolnshire was officially launched in Cleethorpes. Over 60 delegates attended the event, including young people with learning disabilities, families, carers, local support groups, colleges and schools, the local authority and the Care Trust. More>>
  Hayley and Sydonie’s stories in North East Lincolnshire 18/01/2011
Hayley Wright, 22, got the job at Jobs4All through the Work Step programme and Jobcentre Plus. Before working at Jobs4All, Hayley worked as a volunteer. Sydonie, 20, had a yearlong work placement as an administrator for Shoreline Housing but unfortunately this did not lead to a paid job. More>>
  Development Programme in North East Lincolnshire 18/01/2011
Staff from eighteen organisations in North East Lincolnshire have now attended job coach training as part of the Getting a Life development programme. In addition, the first two days of a four-day person-centred transition review training course have taken place with 20 staff members from a range of different organisations involved in supporting young people with learning disabilities. More>>
Planning Leadership Programme in North East Lincolnshire 01/2011
Young people involved in the Getting a Life project in North East Lincolnshire will be taking part in a leadership programme, designed to tackle the fact that lots of young people with learning disabilities don't see themselves as people who can work. More>>
Dragons den comes to Manchester

Dragons' Den Gets a Life - Manchester 11/01/2011
On 25th March, young people taking part in the Getting a Life programme will be pitching their skills and interests to local employers in a “dragon’s den” style event. More >>


  Volunteers Sought for Peer Mentoring in North Tyneside  4/01/11
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the Newcastle Journal featured a story about mentoring opportunities for young people to work alongside learning disabled peers, to support them in thinking about their aspirations and work towards achieving fulfilling lives. More>>
Update on Chris's job

Update to Chris' Story - ROC and Torbay 06/11/2010
In August, Chris started part time paid work at the Rainbow International Hotel in Torquay as a Catering Assistant, following a work experience placement there. So far, Chris has worked in the restaurant and in the kitchen, and he is looking to try out other roles in the hotel as well. More>>


  Employment sub-group Progress report - Kent 01/11/2009
The Getting a Life employment sub-group is made up of representatives from Kent adult social care services, children’s services, Jobcentre Plus, Connexions, Thanet College, St Nicholas School, Valence School, the Jobs Action Group, and Skillnet Group CIC. The Getting a Life employment sub-group are focusing on making sure the following things happen.. More>>
 

Stephen’s Story - Norfolk 01/11/2010
On 1st November, Stephen started a permanent paid job as a kitchen assistant at the Vauxhall Centre, a community resource centre in Norwich. He is thrilled to have this opportunity in a job he really loves, and is now working 9am-3pm 5 days a week. More >>


Making it happen North East Lincolnshire 6/7/2010
28 people from a range of organisations and agencies involved with supporting young people with learning disabilities in North East Lincolnshire got together to plan the Getting a Life project and what they wanted to achieve locally. More>>
Jobs First Jobs First - 04/11/2010
This project works with 7 demonstration sites (some of which are the same as Getting a Life), to prioritise paid employment for the people taking part. Having a real job helps people to be included and lead a healthy, positive life.
The project started in April 2010 and the project will run until the end of March 2011. More >>

Valuing Employment Now Launches Resources - 22/03/2010
The Valuing Employment Now cross-government delivery team has developed a range of resources to support local and regional delivery. More >>


Norfolk Leadership Programme event - 17/03/2010
On 29-30 January 2010, young people and families taking part in the Getting a Life programme in Norfolk met up together with Christine Burke and Jill Davies from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities for a leadership workshop. More >>
Ben's Story - 12/03/2010
By working with a professional graffiti artist on this project, and demonstrating his abilities, Ben will now be doing work experience with the Graffiti Workshop Company. More >>

Lucy's Story - 18/02/2010
Lucy has been working for Manchester City Council’s, Manchester Learning Disability Partnership (MLDP) since September 2009. Lucy’s job title is Admin Assistant and she is part of the administration team at Chapman Place in Gorton. More >>


Project Search - 15/02/2010
As part of Valuing Employment Now, fourteen local partnership sites have been selected to run Project Search – a model which helps disabled people secure and keep paid permanent jobs. More >>


Paid after-school or weekend jobs for young people with learning disabilities in Manchester - 08/02/2010
Teenagers with learning disabilities do not always get the same opportunities for life experiences that other teenagers have, like having a part time job. In Manchester, a new project aims to support young people into jobs where they can make new friends and develop skills.   More >>
 

Volunteers Sought for Peer Mentoring in North Tyneside
- 04/01/2010
On 4th January 2010, the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the Newcastle Journal featured a story about mentoring opportunities for young people to work alongside learning disabled peers, to support them in thinking about their aspirations and work towards achieving fulfilling lives.   More >>
 

Getting a Life event, 16-17 December - 21/12/2009
The Getting a Life team, including local project leaders, the national programme managers, met in London on the 16-17 December to network, problem-solve and find out more about customised supported employment and the pathway to employment for the young people in the Getting a Life sites. More >>
 

Updating government about Getting a Life - 26/11/2009
On 9th November, Linda Jordan and Nicola Gitsham gave an update to the Department of Health’s National Learning Disability Programme Board about Getting a Life’s progress. More >>
 

   
Young People’s and Families Leadership in Oldham - 26/11/2009
On 8th October, 14 young people and their parents met up at the Link Centre, Oldham’s Independent Living Centre, to talk about the Getting a Life programme and how they could influence real change for their lives. More >>
 

   
Getting a Life Live on Twitter - 01/11/2009
You can now sign up to follow Getting A Life on Twitter.
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New programme officer - 24/10/2009
Clare Rayner has joined the Getting a Life team as programme officer. More >>
 
 

   
New beginnings in Norfolk - 03/10/2009
On the 2nd and 3rd October, the Getting a Life (GAL) programme really got going in Norfolk. Thirteen young people and families met in Norwich and Dereham to find out more about the programme and talk about what they want to do in their lives. More >>
 

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