Status Employment

Status Employment assists people with disabilities and mental health problems in finding and retaining paid employment.

We do this by finding out your skills and aspirations and supporting you into work or to move closer to work through education, training, paid work or volunteering.


Virtual DS

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Virtual DS LogoStatus Employment hosted the 3rd meeting of Virtual DS at the offices of Mind Employment in Croydon on the 4th and 5th of October. The meeting was attended by the consortium of Virtual DS. The Consortium is formed by entities working in the field of supporting people with Down Syndrome, and includes DRUŠTVO DOWNOV SINDROM SLOVENIJA, DDSS (Slovenia), ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE PORTADORES DE TRISSOMIA 21, APPT21 (Portugal), ALDO-CET (Romania) all will participate. STATUS EMPLOYMENT is a non-governmental organization with huge experience in Supported Employment; IMAGINA RV, a private company specialising in the development of Virtual Reality training contents.

At the meeting much progress was made towards the projects objectives of creating ICT Tools (VIRTUAL REALITY) for people with Down syndrome; developing ADAPTED learning materials and tools. The meeting gave a lot of time to checking real experiences in companies developed by Imagina RV, using Virtual Reality Glasses. Time was also given to starting to develop training for the real life experiences through the Vocational Profile side of Supported Employment. The partners also agreed on need to concentrate on real life experiences; focusing on core routines and soft skills to get vital jobs for people with Learning disabilities and Down syndrome. They agreed the jobs to concentrate on where: catering, hotel, and retail.

The meeting concluded with an agreement to meet at DRUŠTVO DOWNOV SINDROM SLOVENIJA in March to conclude the training plans.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Status Addicks 2018, Grassroots Football League Champions

Status Employment are pleased to announce that their football team Status Addicks have won The South London Grassroots Football League (SLGFL) 2018.

Status Addicks celebrating after winning their football league

Status Addicks football team, who were formed in 2008 with the support of Charlton Athletic Community Trust, represent Status Employment and play in the SLGFL. The team was formed originally, with Status Employment clients, as a way to improve mental health and wellbeing for the players and increase social inclusion, over the past 10 years The Addicks have gone from strength to strength.

The League decider vs LQ Living, was a double header played on Friday 22nd June at the Bethlem Royal Hospital – The Addicks home ground. It was a closely fought decider as the two results show (1-0 Status and 1-1 Draw) with the deciding goal scored by Ernest.

Status Addicks’ will be collecting their winner’s trophy on Friday the 29th June at the SLGFL end of season Tournament to be held at Tooting & Mitcham.

With 1 in 4 people being affected by a mental health problem at some point in their life, it is important for us all to stay healthy and football is a great way to do it. For people who are already living with a mental health condition, the benefits are great. Football can be a way to build confidence, improve social inclusion and put purpose back in the lives of people who may have been feeling isolated and alone. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended three 45 minute sessions of physical activity a week for people suffering from mild to moderate depression, physical activity increases serotonin levels and improves our mental health.

The Wey Ahead Walk

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On Saturday the 19th May there was the first ever Way Ahead walk. It had been organised by All About Triathletes (AAT), to help raise money for 4 charities: Oakleaf Enterprises, CornerHouse, Hear Us and Status Employment. It was organised for mental health awareness week; all of these charities support people receiving mental health services with advocacy, housing friendship, and employment. Our Chief Executive Robert Elston joined a 187 other people who were either running the 4.5km, 25km or 32km distances. He opted to do the 32km along with many other people.

The feedback on the day had been positive and £1500 has been raised for all the charities involved. This money is so important for the many innovative programmes that we run. Status Employment would like to thank all of the walkers and runners who turned out on Saturday to support four mental health charities.

You can also view our Total Giving profile.

Any amount received will be gratefully received.

Status are pleased to announce 3 new Projects in Croydon and Lambeth

Full Details for each project can be found under Our Services

How Status Employment can help you

Urgent Help

We are not an emergency service. If you need urgent help please contact either your GP or attend the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital (24hrs).

Alternatively, if you're experiencing a crisis and need support and advice, you can call the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 or email

Benefits Advice

Claiming Benefits or sorting out problems is not straight forward, contact these services for help:

In Croydon

Welfare benefit advice service Tel: 0800 731 5920

In Lambeth (You will need to register on the site, via the "Contact Us" page before ringing them.)