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Jobcentre Plus has a job search service called Universal Job match. To visit please click here

Access To Work

Access to Work gives support for people with disabilities or long term health conditions, entering or retaining employment. In some cases it may be used for long-term upaid work placements.

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Access to Work is a programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus that has been in existence since 1994. The aim is to support disabled people to overcome barriers they face when gaining or retaining employment. It is provided where the employee requires support or adaptations beyond those "reasonable adjustments" which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010.

The programme provides advice; a possible assessment of a person's disability needs in the workplace and if required, a financial grant towards the cost of any necessary support.

Contacting Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus no longer issue telephone numbers for individual offices. Instead, jobseekers and employment support professionals are encouraged to ring their main switchboard number on 0845 6043719. If necessary you can be put through to the particular local office you need. Jobcentre Plus no longer has main switchboard numbers for individual offices.

It's worth bearing in mind that JCP offices have various professionals that you can contact for support including Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) Employment Advisers (EAs) and, possibly, a Work Psychologist.

Jobcentre Plus offices in East Sussex

Eastbourne JCP, St Annes House, St Annes Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3XX.

Hastings JCP, Heron House, 149-159 London Road,
St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6LJ.

Haywards Heath JCP, Kingsley House, 31 Boltro Rd,
Haywards Heath, RH16 1BP.

Lewes JCP, Medwyn House, Mountfield Road, Lewes,
BN7 2XR.

Newhaven JCP, 55 High Street, Newhaven, BN9 9PA.