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Harriers become Disability Confident!

Posted: Wed 08 Feb 2017
Author: @khfcofficial

Harriers continue to make new community strides...

Kidderminster Harriers are thrilled to be a 'Disability Confident Employer.' The club have committed to be a part of the DWP’s scheme to see more small and large scale businesses become disability confident.

The scheme is designed to ensure disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

As a disability confident employer Kidderminster Harriers Football Club will;
-    Ensure their recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
-    Communicate and promote vacancies
-    Offer an interview to disabled people
-    Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
-    Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to say in work
-    Provide at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

Director and Marketing Manager, Kelly Perks-Bevington, said: “This is just the start of a hopefully long-term relationship with Kidderminster Job Centre, and we’ve already discussed many exciting projects that will, going forward, benefit everyone in our community, not just people with disabilities.

“We are committed to increasing employment in our local area, as well as offering educational apprentices and work placements that will give students real experience that will enhance their CV’s whilst giving them a glimpse of what it is like to work in the sports industry.

“As a full-time wheelchair user, and strong advocate of our 2016/17 chosen charity, Scope (who provide essential help to disabled people and their families), this scheme fell in line with everything that we are trying to achieve. It’s so important that we offer equal opportunities and that we look for talent and drive, regardless of physical ability.

“There are people who are worried about coming into contact with prejudice in their working lives and we want to create an environment where people can feel confident and comfortable and that they can be an asset to our growing business.”

James Taylor, head of policy and public affairs at disability charity Scope said: “Kidderminster Harriers' commitment to disabled fans is exceptional and has the potential to be a game changer for many people. As a dementia friendly club, Disability Confident employer, accessible club as well as a significant player in the community, the club is truly leading the way when it comes to disability and football.
 
"For many disabled fans it can be incredibly difficult to watch football live. As the Culture, Media and Sport committee warned recently too many football grounds still lack suitable accessible facilities and stands.
 
"Too often, public attitudes, inaccessible venues and facilities and a lack of information mean disabled people are unable to enjoy sport like everyone else does. Yet Kidderminster Harriers are taking vital steps to challenge this.
 
“When it comes to watching football live all disabled fans just want a level playing field.”

We are always looking for new additions to our work force that are driven and forward thinking. To talk to us about this scheme and about how you can get involved at Kidderminster Harriers, please email kelly.pb@harriers.co.uk.