Posts in Accessible Employment
Team BearHugs Get Together 2019

Last month something very exciting happened! You may know if you’ve been following BearHugs for a while that our team is spread far and wide across the country with some of our lovely bears working remotely from home. On 7th August, we got to meet for some face to face time and it was really very special.

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A Roundtable Discussion at Westminster

Today I was invited by UnLtd (a fab organisation supporting us at the mo) to Westminster to take part in a roundtable discussion about how social entrepreneurs can be best supported to bridge the disability employment gap. It was great that the conversation was framed not only around the barriers to people wanting to help people with disabilities into work but also the potential solutions.

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International Women's Day and the Disability Employment Gap

I love International Women’s Day. It’s always so heartwarming seeing women celebrate themselves and women who inspire them. I love that there’s a whole day that with a focus on togetherness, reflection, advocacy and action on women’s issues.

This International Women’s Day, I hope that more than ever, the voices of disabled women, and how they can best be supported, are included in the conversation.

At BearHugs, we’re particularly interested in accessible employment, and so, today, seemed the perfect time to shine a light on something we care a lot about - employment opportunities (or lack thereof) for disabled women.

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Our Visit to No. 10 Downing Street for a Disability Confident Roundtable

Have you ever had one of those ‘pinch yourself’ moments, where you ask ‘Did that really happen?’ - well Faye (our lovely Chief Sender of Hugs) and I experienced just that, after attending a meeting at 10 Downing Street last November!

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A Cosy Christmas Get Together

Last night we had our BearHugs Christmas get together and it was the best! We had a cosy catch up over a hot chocolate and then watched Elf. We can’t all be together in person so our lovely remote team members joined us by google hangouts (with their own cosy Christmas packs!). It was really special to get to spend time together like this and celebrate a wonderful year.

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BearHugs in Able Magazine

Able Magazine, a UK-based Disability Lifestyle magazine, has written about BearHugs in their recent article ‘ Fighting Back Against The Disability Employment Gap’.

The article focuses on the 17 social entrepreneurs from around the UK who have won funding as part of a new programme which aims to close the disability employment gap through the creation of new jobs and skills development opportunities for disabled people.

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