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.


Wey Ahead

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Like most small charities, Status Employment struggle in raising much needed funds for our innovative projects. These enable us to keep on delivering effective support to move individuals towards and into open paid employment and help them in their jobs whenever the need may arise.

Multi-award winning race organisers AAT events have just launched Surrey’s largest walk / run event to support four local mental health charities CornerHouse, Oakleaf, Hear us- Happy Steps and Status Employment to raise awareness of the important professional work and secure much needed funds for these local mental health charities to continue their brilliant work. Mental health is a growing concern in today’s society; affecting approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK.

On Saturday 19 May 2018; starting from Jubilee Square in the heart of Woking Town Centre, hundreds will walk or run along the Basingstoke Canal to Byfleet (4.5km), Guildford (25km) or Godalming (32km) to raise money for Status Employment, CornerHouse, Hear Us, Oakleaf and Happy Steps.

You may wish to join in by walking or running or giving directly to our work or donate at our Total Giving page.

No matter where participants choose to finish, the event is well connected by train. The start line is just a short walk from Woking Station; and frequent train services run back to Woking from Byfleet, Guilford and Godalming stations.

The choice to walk or run at this fundraising event offers participants of all ages and abilities the freedom to join in and show their support for this fantastic cause. The 4.5km makes an excellent choice for young families and the elderly; and regular runners will enjoy the challenge of running from Woking to Guildford or Godalming.

Proceeds from Wey Ahead will be donated to Status Employment, CornerHouse, Oakleaf and Hear Us - Happy Steps; we positively encourage participants to raise additional funds.

If you are able and willing to enter on our behalf please follow the link:

Alternatively please visit follow the link to our total giving page, have a look at our 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.

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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.)