European Social Fund Projects for people with disabilities

As part of the European Social Fund (ESF), the following projects are available for people with disabilities who are out of work. If you do not qualify for any of these projects, you may still qualify for one of the other ESF projects available.

Project  Aimed at Based in
Active Inclusion Project People aged 16 to 24 with disabilities Derry, Strabane and Limavady
EmployAbility 2 People of working age with a learning disability Throughout Northern Ireland
Employment Preparation Service People with a learning disability aged 16-30 years old with a diagnosis of autism from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area Armagh, Banbridge and Lurgan areas
EQUAL Adults with a disability who are: not in education, employment or training (NEETS); economically inactive or unemployed Londonderry, Limavady, Dungiven and surrounding areas
Eye Work Too (2018) Blind and partially-sighted people of working age Throughout Northern Ireland with bases in Belfast, Derry and Coleraine
Hands on Training Programme (HOT) People aged 16-60 with a learning disability/difficulty including those with Asperger's syndrome and/or autism Based in Larne - works with people from Mid and East Antrim Council area
IGNITE 2 Adults with learning disability and/or autism spectrum condition Greater Belfast, and South Eastern and Westerns Health and Social Care Trusts areas
Inclusion Works Adults with physical disability, including complex congenital and acquired disabilities; brain injury; diagnosis of ASD or long term health conditions Throughout Northern Ireland
Job Match People with disabilities aged 16 or over. Throughout Northern Ireland
The L.E.A.P. Project People aged 18 or over with an assessment of mild to moderate learning disability and/or autism Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area
Learning North West 16-65 year old people experiencing autism, dyslexia, dyscalcia or Asperger's syndrome - which is preventing them progressing into employment Derry City and Strabane District Council area
Positive Directions People with disabilities aged 16 or over Newry, Portadown and Downpatrick covering Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area
Progression to Employment Service 2022 People with learning disabilities and/or autism Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey areas
Recruit++ Economically inactive people who are on the autism spectrum Belfast and Greater Belfast areas
Skills to Succeed 3 People aged 16 or older with disabilities: sight loss, physical disability, stroke, heart condition, MS, people with social anxiety/nervous conditions, diabetes, dyslexia Belfast, Dunmurry, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Bangor, Newtownards, Ballymena, Antrim, Southern Health Trust area, Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Kilkeel, Rathfriland, Armagh, Banbridge, Dungannon, Portadown
So Keep Farming People with disabilities Derry City and  Strabane District Council area
Specialist Employment Programme Unemployed peopled aged 16 or over who are deaf and/or hard of hearing  Throughout Northern Ireland in partnership with local councils.
Stepping Stones to Employment Unemployed people with learning disabilities or difficulties Lisburn, North Down and Ards Borough Council, Newry Mourne and Down District Council areas
STRIDE (Support & Training to Realise Individual Development & Employment) Unemployed or economically inactive people living with a disability or health condition Throughout Northern Ireland
WE CAN (2) Adults with complex learning disabilities, mental health issues and autism Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area
A Wee Job People with a disability, caused or contributed to, by cancer, mental ill health, and/or musculoskeletal disorders Strabane area
Verve People with a learning disability and/or with autistic spectrum conditions Throughout Northern Ireland
Working it Out Young people over the age of 16 years old who have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, drug/alcohol addiction or ASD Antrim, Belfast, Craigavon, Derriaghy, Derry, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Newry, Newtownards and Portadown


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