24th April, 2003
An innovative training course has been launched to help people with multiple sclerosis and other long-term conditions who are looking for a job.
Run by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and led by people with MS, the course is also designed for people worried about keeping the job they have.
The first London course will start on 5 June 2003 at the MS National Centre on the Edgware Road in Cricklewood NW2.
The 'At Work With MS' project is funded by the National Disability Development Initiative, which is part of Jobcentre Plus. The training is free and travel costs will be subsidised.
Said MS Society chief executive Mike O'Donovan, "Finding a job or keeping
it can be one of the greatest challenges facing people with a lifelong
condition like MS. The aim of this new course is to combine practical help
and information with building the confidence to promote your strengths,
identify your skills and manage your condition at work.
"It is designed to help you find out what sort of work is best for you, what adjustments can be made in the workplace and what an employer will
expect from you."
Suzanne Miller is one of the project leaders. She was diagnosed with
20 years ago and is now a human resources consultant. She said, "There
are many barriers to employment for people with long-term conditions and
this course sets out to lower them. We'll be tackling everything from writing job applications and preparing for interviews to understanding your legal rights and knowing what Disability Employment Advisers and others can do to help."
The course will run over five days- two consecutive days followed by one day a week for three weeks. Numbers are limited. For more information call Sheila Brophy on 01344 482630
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