We are committed to being a Disability Confident organisation, and are one of 18,000 organisations in the UK signed up to the government scheme.
Disability Confident is a UK Government nationally recognised accreditation scheme to support businesses to attract, recruit and retain disabled employees, including people with long-term health conditions.
Disability Confident accreditation is a recognition given by the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to employers based in the UK who have agreed to take action to meet commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees and volunteers.
The definition of disability is set out in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. It says you’re disabled if:
- you have a physical or mental impairment
- that impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
While not everyone with BPD falls into this category, borderline personality disorder is a serious, lifelong condition which can cause problems in all aspects of life. For example, you may find you have trouble controlling your emotions and behaviour, so that it is impossible for you to find or keep a job. Or perhaps you are working but need adjustments made so that you can manage your symptoms and keep working.
We at CALIA want to help play a leading role in positively changing attitudes, behaviours and cultures, and we want to ensure that all disabled people and those with long-term health conditions (including those with borderline personality disorder) have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations when working with us.
We are committed to:
- ensuring that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to all;
- communicating and promoting our vacancies through a range of communication channels and with accessibility in mind;
- encouraging applications from disabled people or from those with long-term health conditions;
- providing reasonable adjustment to anyone applying for a role, or working with us, to make sure that disabled people or those with long-term health conditions aren’t disadvantaged in any way;
- supporting any of our volunteers who aquires a long-term health condition or disability while working with us.
Diversity and inclusion is very important to us at CALIA, and working with people who have long-term health conditions or disabilities is part of that committment to reflect the diversity of our service users.
There are a wide range of organisations – both national and local – who represent the views of disabled people. These have specialist knowledge about particular disabilities or health conditions and can offer advice and guidance for employers, as well as support for disabled people. A number of these organisations are listed below. These are mainly national-level, although some may have a local presence around the country.
Action on Hearing Loss
Arthritis Research UK
Autism Alliance UK
British Deaf Association
British Dyslexia Association
British Heart Foundation
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
The British Stammering Association
Disability Rights UK
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Muscular Dystrophy UK
The National Autistic Society
Rethink Mental Illness
Spinal Injuries Association
Time to Change
UK Council on Deafness
If you are disabled and/or living with a long-term health condition and would like to volunteer with us please visit our volunteer vacancies page for more information.