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New Karten Centre helps unemployed people with better equipment and opportunities for work

Towards the end of 2018, BID Services was thrilled to be accepted as a new Karten Centre and was awarded a grant to purchase new technology and equipment to support our Employment Service for clients who have sensory impairments.

The Employment Service was originally set up for deaf/hard of hearing clients, aimed at helping them move closer to the job market through learning how to navigate job searches online, complete applications, become more confident using computers and gain 1:1 support to help them achieve their employment goals. We now also deliver Personal Social Development sessions, helping to prepare people for work and increase their confidence, self-esteem and awareness of the working world and deliver British Sign Language classes, having recently started delivering sessions for deaf clients with no recognised language and international signers.

However, we were being held back by technology, we needed more interactive kit, new computers and importantly, we wanted to open up the service to people with visual impairments, something which also affects some of our hearing impaired clients. Therefore, the grant from the Ian Karten Charitable Trust and support of the Karten Network was fantastic news. Over the last few months we have purchased various pieces of equipment including laptops, an interactive smart board and software and hardware to help people with visual impairments such as JAWS and magnifiers.

We’ve had the laptops and smart board in place for a couple of months now and have already seen a huge impact for our clients. Here's a short video by our Employment staff and clients who explain how the new equipment has helped them.

https://youtu.be/LNAQZ5R3BPI

If you would like more information about the Employment Service, please contact Mark Woodall or Adam Breeze at mark.woodall@bid.org.uk / adam.breeze@bid.org.uk, tel: 0121 246 6100.

Posted 25th January 2019