Employment and volunteering

Information from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

In-work benefits

Access to Work is a government-run scheme for disabled people in work or looking for work. It can provide funding for equipment needed to make it easier to do a job. For more information, please visit the Access to Work website.

Leeds Hidden Talents Employment Fair

This event for autistic jobseekers was first held in July 2016, with over 250 people attending. It featured stalls from employers based in Leeds and training for businesses about the benefits of hiring autistic people.

To find out more, visit the Leeds Hidden Talents Employment Fair website.

Aspiedent

Aspiedent are a company that offer autism awareness training and help autistic adults into employment. They’re run by autistic people and also provide social skills training to anyone looking to get into work.

For more information, visit the Aspiedent website.

Workplace Leeds

Run by Leeds Mind, Community Links and Touchstone, Workplace Leeds is a service for people with mental health issues looking to get back into work. They provide support that can help you every step of the way, at your own pace.

Their service is for people who receive secondary mental health support and/or third sector autism or mental health support.

Here are their contact details:

Specialist Autism Services

Specialist Autism Services (SAS) are an autism service based in West Yorkshire who have an employment service in their Leeds building. They have a ‘Preparation for work’ group, offer one-to-one support and support to access education and training.

Here are their contact details:

Other employment links

Volunteering

If you’re looking for voluntary roles, Doing Good Leeds lists vacancies for would-be volunteers on its website, as well as local charities. It’s run by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), who work with smaller charities across the city.

For further volunteering opportunities, Do-It’s website lists vacancies by cause and also lists job vacancies in the third sector.