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.


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.

The European Project VIRTUAL DS will Promote The Labor Inclusion of People With Down Syndrome

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VIRTUAL DS, will promote, through an innovative integrated approach, the inclusion of people with Down Syndrome enhancing their employment opportunities. It aims to enhance the access, participation and learning performance of disadvantaged learners (people with Down Syndrome), regarding employment competences reducing disparities in learning out-comes.

FUNDACIÓN ASINDOWN (Spain) leads the European Project VIRTUAL DS will focus on training people with low-skilled disabilities, including the promotion of on-the-job learning, providing efficient and integrated guidance services.

During the project, to be executed from September 2017 to September 2019, the Consortium will develop an open and innovative practices, in a digital era, focused on the exploitation of ICT Tools (VIRTUAL REALITY) by people with Down Syndrome, developing ADAPTED learning materials and tools as well as actions that support their effective use. About 20 people with Down Syndrome, their job trainers and company representatives in each participating country, will participate in the validation of the project results, creating a strong direct impact.

The validation actions will include real experiences in companies developed over 4-5 days to validate if the work competencies have been developed and to show the companies that people with Down Syndrome can offer a good performance.

The Consortium is formed by other entities working in the field of supporting people with Down Syndrome, like DRUŠTVO DOWNOV SINDROM SLOVENIJA, DDSS (Slovenia), ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE PORTADORES DE TRISSOMIA 21, APPT21 (Portugal), ALDO-CET (Romania). They will also participate STATUS EMPLOYMENT, is a non-governmental organization with huge experience in Supported Employment, and IMAGINA RV, a private company specialized in the development of Virtual Reality training contents.

Members of the Virtual DS project Members of the Virtual DS project

VIRTUAL DS is a project funded by the European Commission within the ERASMUS+ 2017 Programme.

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

Full Details for each project can be found under Our Services

David Ethridge Show

Robert Elston our Chief Executive talks about Status employment mental health and employment on the David Ethridge show on Croydon radio he can be heard at 2 hours 35 minutes:

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.)