The UK’s leading disability employment specialist, Remploy, has just teamed up with debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty to launch a new service to help people in financial hardship.
The partnership means those who find themselves struggling with debt problems will be offered the opportunity to receive free support from the award-winning charity that has won plaudits from among others, TV's Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.
Michael Bishop, who is Remploy's Strategic Engagement Director, said: "More than a quarter of families with a disabled person are in poverty so we know that both finances and employment are huge issues."
"We are delighted to be partnering with CAP, which offers free, face‐to‐face debt help through a series of home visits, meaning that the service is particularly accessible."
Since 2010, Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
Chief Executive of CAP Matt Barlow added: "It's great to see our two organisations come together with our shared vision for transforming lives."
"Our own research shows that we're already helping thousands of people with physical disabilities, mental health problems and learning disabilities every year."
"Our hope is that a recommendation from Remploy will help others feel confident in coming to us and finding the support they need."
CAP notes for journalists
CAP helps everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background and the service is free. The charity offers debt counselling through 301 centres across the UK. It also helps people tackle the causes of poverty via job clubs, money management courses, addiction programmes and courses to practise life skills.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation findings about poverty in homes where there is someone disabled https://www.jrf.org.uk/mpse-2015/disability-and-poverty
Remploy notes for journalists
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex‐servicemen and miners.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury's and the NHS.
- Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
- Remploy invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service.
In March 2015, Remploy entered into a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia and on 7 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in the joint venture in which Remploy employees have a 30 per cent stake.