In yet another mad turn of events, I was due to go for afternoon tea at the House of Lords today to celebrate being named as one of 100 influential people on this year's Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100.Read More
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.Read More
We are 100% behind the Flex For All Campaign here at BearHugs.
BearHugs began so that Chief Sender of Hugs Faye was able to work as and when she was able around her health. Now, our entire team works part-time and flexibly. It just makes sense and if anything, improves our productivity and ability to work well together.Read More
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
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
We’re very happy to say that BearHugs is officially accredited as a real Living Wage Employer.
Here at BearHugs, we try our very best to make sure all our team members are treated as fairly as possible - which is why it’s so important for us to be a Living Wage Employer.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