About Supported Employment

‘Supported Employment has been successfully used for decades as a model for supporting people with significant disabilities to secure and retain paid employment. The model uses a partnership strategy to enable people with disabilities to achieve sustainable long-term employment and businesses to employ valuable workers’.

(British Association of Supported employment base-uk.org)

Dawlish Gardens Trust is a full member of BASE and active in supporting the quality standards and good practice guidelines the association has recommended.

DGT’s Supported Employment programme is designed to enable people with Learning Disabilities living in the South Devon area, who are claiming benefits, to move into suitable jobs.

We offer a coherent package of support for people out of work.

The programme embraces a holistic approach to unemployment by removing barriers, measuring progress and placing people into the right job for them.

When a jobseeker is referred to or contacts DGT their individual abilities, aspirations and previous work experience are assessed. This takes place during 1-1 meetings with an experienced job coach who seeks to motivate individuals, raise their confidence and self-esteem.

As an employer you can rely on us to:-

  • Enhance your reputation as an enlightened, forward looking, disability friendly organisation.
  • Compliment your recruitment processes, equal opportunity/diversity strategies, positive public relations and business needs.
  • Develop disability awareness in your organisation in a ‘hands-on’ friendly way.
  • Provide a sensitive, trouble-shooting service around the impact of disability in the workplace and practical advice on reasonable adjustments.

The employers we are currently working with are :



Dartmoor Lodge


Devon Contract Waste




Passage House Hotel