Graft

About Us

Welcome to Graft Thames Valley!

 

Graft Thames Valley is a registered charity (1119388) and a company limited by guarantee which supports people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with disabilities and/or other complex needs into employment, training and other work-related activities.

 

Our client group includes those who may have:

  • physical disabilities
  • physical impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • mental health issues
  • long-term illness
  • a brain injury
  • learning difficulties
  • a speech impediment
  • Asperger’s Syndrome (or those on the autistic spectrum)
  • a criminal record

and/or those who are:

  • school leavers
  • young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) (or at risk of falling into this category)
  • lone parents
  • carers
  • from a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background
  • over 50 years old
  • recovering from alcohol / drug / solvent misuse / abuse
  • homeless

 

This includes those who:

  • are unable to access support elsewhere
  • have accessed other support but who have not progressed
  • who don’t qualify for support elsewhere

 

Aim:

 

To eradicate barriers to employment for local people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with disabilities and/or other complex needs.

 

How:

 

We aim to eradicate these barriers to employment by providing tailored support, information, advice and guidance to meet the needs, ability and aspirations of each individual.  We work with our clients on a one-to-one basis, setting agreed SMART objectives for the client to achieve to improve their employability, adopting a holistic and “stepping stone” approach to progress them into employment.

 

We focus on ‘ability’ not ‘disability’.  We can research and source suitable courses, training, voluntary work opportunities, work-experience placements and job vacancies.  We also work with employers to not only create sustainable work opportunities but to support the employer to support the client with sustaining and retaining their employment.  Graft Thames Valley also provides a support package to local employers to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.