Employment and volunteering
Support is available to people with a learning or physical disability, or mental health need, to learn about, obtain and maintain employment and to take part in enterprise activities across the borough.
Next Enterprises offers opportunities to people with autism and learning disabilities to gain valuable work experience in preparation for employment. This is the ideal place to try out different types of jobs in different settings, to find out what you are good at and what you enjoy. Opportunities include gardening, ground maintenance, clerical, retail, training and catering. It's also a great way to make new friends and be join in the community.
To find out more watch the Next Steps Enterprises film:
We can provide information, advice and support to individuals whilst in employment. The team can also work with employers to ensure smooth induction and training for people when they start work.
Gateshead Council also supports a range of enterprise activities, including New Vision (training), Harvest & Help (gardening, horticulture and leaflet distribution), Your Store (retail), Food for Thought (catering) and Guidepost (drop in service).
For further information on any of the above contact Adult Social Care Direct using the information at the bottom of the page.
The Links service can also provide volunteers who are trained and approved by Gateshead Council to support adults with a learning disability either individually or as a group to participate in their local community and increase their social network.