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Shaw Trust Helping the Disabled Find Work in the UK

  • Published: 2009-01-01 (Revised/Updated 2010-10-11) : Disabled World.
  • Synopsis: The Shaw Trust is a charity in the UK for helping disabled and disadvantaged people into employment and independent living.

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The Shaw Trust is a charity in the UK for helping disabled and
disadvantaged people into employment and independent living.

The Shaw Trust was formed in the village of Shaw in Wiltshire in 1981. It now employs around 1100 people, and works with around 50,000 clients a year.

Shaw Trust is the UK's largest third sector provider of employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people.

Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently.

Shaw Trust helps people with disabilities move off benefits into employment and live more independent lives using government and other funded employment programs in areas such as:

Finance and benefits advice

Support to stay in work

Help to find a job

Work preparation and skills training

Shaw Trust believes that everyone has the right to work and live independent lives. As a national charity, their work is about empowering people to improve their lives and to believe in their own abilities.

Shaw Trust have also compiled statistics on disability and employment in the UK, details of legislation affecting disability and employment, and information on relevant government programs.

It is estimated that 10 million adults in the UK have a disability. Aware of this, the council recognized that it makes good business sense if all customers can access its services. Warwick District Council (WDC) has worked with Trinity Expert Systems (Trinity) to ensure its website is

fully accessible to people with various disabilities. The council's website is already rated in the top 10 shire websites in the UK, and it is committed to ensuring the website not only meets all accessibility requirements but exceeds them.

Shaw Trust has recently started utilizing remote VPN equipment, alongside Citrix MetaFrame, so that members of staff can access their work from home. By combining this with an MPLS system provided by BT, it is now possible for some staff to work from their home offices -

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