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.Read More
As some of you may be aware, today is the closing day for applications for the position of Sender of Hugs here at BearHugs.
If you follow BearHugs, you’ll also know how important it is to us to be able to offer accessible working opportunities. For us, this also means trying to the best of our abilities to remove any potential unconscious bias in our hiring process. As a result, we will be looking at all the applications we have received for this post ‘blind’ - that is, without the names, gender and age attached.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More