In-work benefits

Access to Work is a government-run scheme for disabled people in work or looking for work. It can provide funding for equipment needed to make it easier to do a job.

Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation about Access to Work and how it works:

Access To Work Presentation

You can also download a factsheet (in PDF) about Access to Work at this link:

Access To Work Factsheet

For more information, please visit the Access to Work website.

Being Employed Leeds

Being Employed Leeds is a website that provides easy read and accessible information to people looking for jobs or training to get a job, in Leeds. Please visit –

Workplace Leeds

Run by Leeds Mind, Community Links and Touchstone, Workplace Leeds is a service for people with mental health issues looking to get back into work. They provide support that can help you every step of the way, at your own pace.

Their service is for people who receive secondary mental health support and/or third sector autism or mental health support.

Here are their contact details:

Specialist Autism Services

Specialist Autism Services (SAS) are an autism service based in West Yorkshire who have an employment service in their Leeds building. Their services include an Employment Hub in Leeds and employment-focused workshops.

Here are the contact details for SAS:

Finding a job

  • Doing Good Leeds – they list job vacancies in the voluntary sector in Leeds: Job Opportunities in the Third Sector
  • Evenbreak is a website that lists job vacancies from inclusive employers: Evenbreak website
  • lists vacancies from inclusive employers: DisabilityJob
  • Scope have a whole section on their website with useful hints and tips on finding a job: Finding jobs
  • The Advonet Group, the charity that we are part of, have a Careers section of their website which lists job vacancies and has information on what it’s like to work there. They are a Mindful Employer and Disability Confident Employer: The Advonet Group – Careers

Other employment links



If you’re looking for voluntary roles, Doing Good Leeds lists vacancies for would-be volunteers on its website, as well as local charities. It’s run by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), who work with smaller charities across the city.

For further volunteering opportunities, Do-It’s website lists vacancies by cause and also lists job vacancies in the third sector.

There are volunteering opportunities with The Advonet Group, the charity that Leeds Autism AIM is part of. For more information on roles available, visit their volunteering webpage:

Your rights at work

There are a number of trade unions that you can join. Here is a list of some of the biggest unions in the UK and what they do:

  • Acorn – a community union for low-income people who do community organisation work
  • ASLEF – A trade union for train drivers
  • BFAWU – The union for workers in the food industry
  • CWU – Communication Workers Union, for people working in telecoms, postal, admin, financial and mobile industries
  • FBU – Fire Brigades’ Union – the national union for firefighters
  • GMB – A general union that anyone can join
  • NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union – a union for teachers and headteachers
  • NUJ – National Union of Journalists – a union for journalists, PR professionals and people working in digital media
  • NEU – National Education Union – the biggest union for teachers in England and Wales
  • PCS – Public and Commercial Services Union – a union for people working in civil service and government jobs
  • Prospect – a union for scientists, engineers and other specialists
  • RMT – National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers – a union for transport workers in rail, bus, coach and air travel
  • UCU – University and College Union – a trade union for lecturers, academics, researchers, admin staff and managers at universities and colleges
  • UNISON – a trade union for people who work full-time or part-time in public services such as the NHS and charities
  • Unite – a union for workers in all industrial sectors e.g. manufacturing. They have a Community section that covers unemployed people, students and volunteers
  • USDAW – a union for workers in retail, manufacturing, service and distributive sectors

For a full list of trade unions, visit this page on the TUC’s website. You should find a union that is relevant to your job.

Here are some relevant links to articles and documents about your rights at work: