New enterprise programme to support disabled entrepreneurs


Disabled entrepreneurs who want to start their own business are invited to sign-up to a new enterprise programme specifically designed to support people with disabilities.

Supported Self-Employment Academy (SSEA) aims to help people make their business ideas a reality and will offer tailored support in the form of job coaches, employment support officers and mentors to each course attendee, to help them navigate the challenging process of setting up and running their own enterprises. The academy is the result of a partnership between Croydon Council, Tree Shepherd, who help entrepreneurs make independent decisions about the direction of their business, and Status Employment, an employment agency that support disabled jobseekers with employers.

The first course will be on 12 September at Croydon Central Library and no previous business experience or academic qualifications are required to attend. The eight-session programme would normally cost £2,000, but Croydon Council will cover the cost for eligible Croydon residents – those who require additional support because of their disability – through its social care direct payments scheme.

Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to work. This academy and the support it offers disabled entrepreneurs will not only boost confidence, but will help bring their business ideas to fruition and inspire many others to do the same.”

For more information on meeting the eligibility criteria and direct payments, email emma.shepherd@croydon.gov.uk. To register your interest in attending the course visit www.treeshepherd.org.uk/enterprise-learning/start-your-own-enterprise.

Source: Your Croydon