Employment Support During Lockdown

  If you need autism specific employment support during the coronavirus crisis, then G.A.S has just the person for you. Our Senior Autism Practitioner is on hand to help and can offer telephone or virtual appointments until such time we can offer our weekly office appointments again. Please direct any enquiries to Lisa Moir on training@grampianautisticsociety.co.uk or 01224 277900.

If you have lost your job, been forced to reduce the number of hours you normally work, or your workplace has closed due to Coronavirus, then you can apply for Universal Credit. You can do this online or by telephone, and you can get the first month’s payment upfront. If you have a job, but become ill with Covid-19, you are entitled to your regular sick pay. Did you know you can get a doctor’s note by visiting the NHS 111 website? Use the following links:

  1. https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

  2. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Here is what one of the employment candidates had to say about the service he has received during lockdown.

  1. “I receive calls from Grampian Autistic Society’s employment service every Thursday afternoon. It’s good to have someone to check up on me and keep me abreast of any job opportunities I might’ve missed myself. Plus, this all keeps me in the loop so when I do go back to face to face appointments, my sense of routine remains unchanged and ticking along nicely. Without it, going back might’ve been a shock to the system.” By Andrew Watson

Maintaining routine and structure can provide reassurance for many individuals on the spectrum which in turn can help lower stress and anxiety levels. The surreal times we find ourselves in just now due to COVID-19, everyone is experiencing more uncertainty and unpredictability which can be extremely difficult for someone with an ASC to manage, so the more structure and routine, one can provide for themselves will help balance out the parts they cant predict. 

For more information relating to our employment service please get in touch on the details above.  

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