A Deaf man’s journey to employment

In this video, you can follow the story of a Deaf man called Haytam, as he journeys from unemployment to becoming a barista at Starbucks, with the support of deafPLUS’ employment service:

Personal Assistants (PAs)

Personal Assistants (PAs)

As part of the YOUchoose consortium lead by Action Deafness, deafPLUS are pleased to join as a partner to deliver a high quality PA Community Support Service in the Greater London Area. The aim of deafPLUS’ PA Community Support Service is to ensure independence amongst our clients.

We are now recruiting a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join deafPLUS.

Have you got what it takes to make a difference to the lives of Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind (D/deaf) people in the Greater London Area (GLA)?

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer. We are a vibrant charitable organisation with a lively team. We are currently seeking to develop a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join our PA Community Support Service. We provide personalised support services for D/deaf people throughout Greater London, in particular South London.

Our aim is to increase individuals’ independence, build their confidence and enable them to learn new skills.

What are we looking for in a PA?

· Preferably, you will have experience of working in a PA role previously;

· Have excellent organisational skills;

· Be able to work flexible hours including weekends and bank holidays where necessary;

· Have drive and enthusiasm;

· Be able to work on your own initiative.

· Have Level 2 BSL (or equivalent) or a Communicator Guide qualification or experience of working with d/Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.

General duties include providing daily living support. This may include developing/increasing clients confidence, communication skills and life skills, accessing local provisions such as leisure services and community groups, supporting the service user to maintain their independence in the general community, developing hobbies and interests in accordance with their support plan.

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer and the rates of pay for PA’s is £10.55 per hour

Benefits to you:

· Up to 25 days paid holiday (Exc. Bank holidays)

· A comprehensive training package including Deafblind Communicator Guide

· Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme

· Flexible working arrangements

· Enhanced DBS check fully paid for by deafPLUS

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification to:

Contact: Mobile: 07521 663987

Job Description and Person Spec can be downloaded here:

PA JD Persons Spec


New project to help deaf employees out of low pay

Project aims to develop progression routes out of low pay for Deaf employees in London

deafPLUS is delighted to announce a groundbreaking two-year project, funded by Trust for London, which focusses on the career development and advancement of Deaf employees who are stuck in low paying jobs.

By working with employers, we will support deaf employees across London, with the aim of helping them to improve their pay and career prospects.  We will also working to raise employer awareness of how they can get unlock their deaf staff’s potential through, for example, use of assistive technology or workplace buddying schemes.

This innovative project will work closely with store managers and HR teams to ensure that deaf employees receive the same career progression opportunities as their colleagues, including access to training, information about career opportunities and are supported in building their confidence.

At present, 67% of deaf employees nationwide are on national minimum wage –  currently set at £6.50 and rising to £6.70 from the 1st October 2015.

The current London Living wage is £9.15 and the national rate is £7.85.

Project Manager Jason Barnett said: “Since 2002 deafPLUS has worked closely with London employers to find jobs for approximately 380+ deaf clients. In doing so we have been able to significantly improve the lives of their deaf workers.  However it is sadly the case that too many of deaf employees find themselves stuck on the first rung of the career ladder.  This new project will provide a helping hand, ensuring more of them can move up to the next rung or beyond.

Jason also appealed for deaf employees to respond to our survey on employment issues.  This will help to inform his work on this issue.  Please click: here

Contact Details

Jason Barnett – deafPLUS London Career Progression Project Manager

deafPLUS, Key Close, Whitechapel, London, E1 4HG

Office: 020 7790 8478

SMS: 07581 675 422

Skype: deafplus1971