Over the past five years many mental health organisations have participated in the European Union's HORIZON programme ‐ a sub‐division of the EMPLOYMENT Community Initiative. As a result of this programme many innovative schemes supporting disabled and disadvantaged people in obtaining and keeping jobs have been set up in Britain and across Europe. The idea has been to test out and learn from new ways of working so that future services can be more effective. The EMPLOYMENT Support Unit, as its name implies, has been supporting and co‐ordinating the learning and dissemination from the initiative. In this article Zoey Breuer summarises the work that has been done to inform and persuade employers that it is in their interest to make use of the skills of disabled people.
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