Choice in Hackney


Our free training course has three goals:

  • To get disabled people into employment
  • To train disabled people to advocate for themselves and others
  • To improve self confidence


Disabled people tend to be either unemployed or in low paid jobs. This project is an attempt to help disabled people build careers they can be proud of, improving their quality of life.

The course covers disability rights, benefits, services, confidence building, and employment skills. We comprehensively cover the roles and skills of a disability advocate. We will teach you about disability, including the history of disabled people, contemporary views of disability and the services and benefits available to support disabled people.

The course includes a mandatory 12 week voluntary work placement which will provide trainees with important work experience so they can put what they’ve learned into practice and actually start supporting disabled people.

The course is accredited by OCN Credit 4 Learning. All successful candidates shall receive a Level 3 certificate worth 20 credits. Former trainees have used their certificates to qualify for jobs and further education courses.

We now have an Advocacy Mentor and Job Coach to ensure our trainees make the most of their work placements and are guided beyond the course to consider their career options and make informed decisions about their work.

One third of trainees find employment after completion of the course, which is higher than most similar employability projects. Of the remainder, many go into further education or active volunteering. Nobody completes the course without having benefited in some way.


Two thirds of our trainees for the last year are now employed, in further education or on placement. We've had trainees go on to full employment, get degrees or even become self employed.
If you are interested in the course, please contact:

Haq Ismail, Training Co-ordinator

Tel: 02076138136


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