At The White Horse Federation, we are guided by a set of values that help us to deliver the very best outcomes for young people. Our values also shape our approach to work, making sure every member of staff feels included, valued, and able to contribute to their fullest.
The spirit of using our skills and resources to help others overcome their challenges is pivotal to our organisation. That’s why we’re delighted The White Horse Federation has become a Disability Confident Committed employer under the government’s voluntary Disability Confident scheme.
The government estimates that more than half of all workplaces are missing out because they exclude disabled talent. At The White Horse Federation, we’re committed to ensuring that we provide a working environment where people with disabilities can do their best work without compromise.
As 83% of people will acquire a disability while already in work, we also know how important it is to accommodate the people already with us, should any challenges arise.
Being a Disability Confident Committed employer means we’ve agreed to the Disability Confident commitments. That means:
We’ll ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible.
As an organisation, we’ll continue to ensure our recruitment process is without discrimination. We’ll also make our job adverts accessible, provide information in accessible formats, and accept invitations in alternative formats.
We’ll communicate and promote our vacancies.
Our vacancies will be advertised through a range of channels. We’ll also seek advice and support from Jobcentre Plus, Work Programme providers, recruiters, and local disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs) to continue improving our recruitment process.
We’ll offer interviews to disabled people.
As a form of positive action, we’ll encourage applications from disabled people by offering them an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the job.
We’ll anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required.
To make sure disabled workers aren’t seriously disadvantaged when applying for and doing their jobs, we’ll continue to revise our working environment and practise.
We’ll support existing employees who acquire a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.
Because we all benefit from retaining the skills and experience of our existing staff, we’ll provide support to help those facing challenges stay in work.
Lisa Carswell, Website Liaison Officer at The White Horse Federation, has experienced the support we offer to staff with disabilities first-hand. Lisa said: “The White Horse Federation have supported me by making adaptations to my working environment and generally providing an inclusive, understanding atmosphere without which I would not be in a position to be able to work."
We’re excited to continue our Disability Confident journey. By making our workplace more accessible and inclusive, we’re making sure that we never miss out on the diversity of talent and experience needed to improve outcomes for young people.