If I was to succeed, it would be entirely down to my sheer determination and persistence"
Research has shown the many benefits of recruiting a diverse team. By widening the talent pool of candidates when recruiting, it not only gives your business a competitive advantage, it creates an inclusive working environment which in turn, produces innovative ideas and content that is more representative of the diversity of the UK.
Here are some useful links to help you access talent with disabilities, for both on and off-screen opportunities:
Abnormally Funny People is a monthly podcast discussing all things disability with a splash of comedy. Each month we welcome guests from diverse backgrounds who have a connection to disability - they might be in entertainment, journalists, disability advocates, writers and more. We also have regular guests call in with latest tech and accessibility news along with news from the USA. If you’re looking for talented actors and comedians, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an opportunity.
Access All Areas is an award-winning theatre company for adults with learning disabilities. As well as having a professional performance company, we deliver the Performance Making Diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama and have an industry-first partnership with agency Simon & How to represent seven professional actors with learning disabilities. We also run a range of exciting and innovative participatory projects for people with all levels of learning disabilities. For represented artists contact Jessica Lowe (email@example.com / 020 7749 9780), for other enquiries call 0207 613 6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DaDaFest is an innovative disability arts organisation based in Liverpool which is also a cutting edge Disability and Deaf Arts Agency. DaDaFest also delivers the annual International Festival between November and December and it provides opportunities for disabled and d/Deaf people to the arts. If you are looking for actors or would like to speak to DaDafest about an opportunity please email - email@example.com or call 0151 707 1733
DAO is a portal into the world of disability arts and a hub that connects people in a vibrant creative community. DAO nurture and showcase talent, provide information and create opportunities for disabled artists through innovative partnerships. This is a comprehensive directory of deaf and disability-related artists who identify with the disability arts community. The portal allows you to contact an individual directly to discuss an opportunity.
Graeae Theatre champions accessibility and provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent through the creation of trail-blazing theatre. If you’re looking for actors and would like to advertise an opportunity at your company email - info @ graeae.org or call 020 7613 6900
thinkBIGGER! is a training and consultancy company at the forefront of delivering diverse talent. We managed Channel 4's £500k Search for Disabled talent in front of the camera for the Bafta-award winning coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. We manage the Indie Diversity Training Scheme for PACT and Writers' Cramp, part of the High End Drama Television scheme to promote disabled writers and scripted editors in the industry. To express an interest in participating in any of the programmes, please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
VisABLE is an online agency which provides professional on-screen opportunities for actors, presenters and models with disabilities. Contact the agency directly to discuss an opportunity via the bookings number 01386 555 170 or register to advertise a role.
Off- Screen Talent
Make British feature films for a global audience. Using the world leaders in disability and disadvantaged cinema to create a tectonic shift in the representation of disabled people both in front and behind the camera. To advertise opportunities within your organisation please email – email@example.com
Throughout the year, 4Talent run a variety of programmes to help those wanting to kick-start their career in the media industry and to also support those who may wish to change areas. From regional pop up events with industry professionals, to apprenticeships in Legal and Finance departments. 4Talent offer a variety of schemes for you to take your pick from; providing entry level and mid-career level roles.
The BBC’s Extend Hub is similar to the BBC Careers Hub but is a specialised recruitment portal exclusively for disabled people. The hub is to provide a whole range of opportunities: from entry level apprentice and trainee schemes to work experience placements and generic BBC roles within BBC divisions nationwide. To discuss opportunities with some of the trainees please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will respond recommending potential candidates.
Evenbreak is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects people with disabilities to inclusive employers, helps disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills and promotes the business benefits of employing disabled people. By adding Evenbreak to your usual media, this can help you attract additional disabled applicants you might otherwise have missed. To advertise an opportunity within your company, register online and then email email@example.com for an Employers' Information Pack.
EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment. EmployAbility also run an ever-expanding range of programmes for large international and UK employers, including internships, graduate recruitment and a tailored consultancy and training service to employers, aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive working environment. To contact EmployAbility about an opportunity at your organization email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07852 764 684
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation helps disabled people get a career in mainstream media; to broaden the positive influence that people with a disability have in deciding how their lives and circumstances are portrayed in the media. Leonard Cheshire Disability run a programme of Summer internships called Change 100 once a year, where they aim to unlock the untapped potential of students and graduates with disabilities. It gives organisations access to a talent pool bursting with ability, creativity and insight. To advertise opportunities within your organisation, please call Chris or Suzy on 020 3242 0419 or email email@example.com
Loving Your Work is an online private Facebook group for TV and Film employers to post paid jobs and for experienced TV and Film professionals. Join group to advertise your opportunity.
Mandy.com is an online portal for TV & Film creatives to advertise job opportunities of all levels, including actors, production crew and on-screen talent. You’ll need to register first to access the database and to advertise roles here.
My Plus Students Club is a network which provides job opportunities for graduates with disabilities in the Banking, Legal, Media and Retail industries, amongst others. Our mission is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have. Not only do we want disabled individuals to realize their career ambitions, we also want employers to benefit from the unique talents and strengths that disabled individuals can, and do, bring to an organisation. If you would like to discuss advertising an opportunity at your company please contact - http://myplusstudentsclub.com/signup
Production Base is the UK's leading digital publication and network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. As members of this exclusive community, users gain access to hundreds of unique job opportunities on a weekly basis, and can showcase their profile & showreel to all the leading production companies and broadcasters. Register your company to search the extensive database of freelancers and post positions directly onto the jobs board.
The Talent Manager is an online service that helps Indies and Broadcasters manage their own selected networks of people. Indies can post job opportunities and contact freelancers directly through the site. Register directly to advertise the opportunity.
An online database which advertises paid production roles of all levels across the media industry.
Working in TV is a private online Facebook group that circulates job opportunities amongst experienced production crew for both on and off-screen talent, which also includes entry-level opportunities. Join group to advertise your opportunity.
Fresh Voices UK presents the work of experienced BAME writers to an invited industry audience in order to demonstrate a wider perspective. Not only of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic stories and lives, or the ‘black’ experience, but the human condition. Fresh Voices also run a variety of writer’s courses in collaboration with The London Film School to promote new, diverse stories being told to a mainstream audience. To advertise writers roles among the pool of Writers Slam alumni email: Carol.firstname.lastname@example.org
Think Bigger run a six-month programme sponsored by Creative Skillset for aspiring writers and script editors with disabilities. Giving 5 new writers and 5 new script editors the chance to enter the industry and shake things up, all while getting their new stories and voices heard by the Indies that they are placed with. If you’d like to sign your Company up to participate in this scheme, please email – email@example.com
Writers Slam is an initiative ran by the Triforce Creative Network which seeks to find 5 new, diverse writers who will have their work showcased in front of an industry panel, with representatives from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky in addition to winning a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama.
The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – an invite-only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders. To advertise writers roles among the pool of Writers Slam alumni email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONSULTANCY & TRAINING
Sminty Ltd is a disability and diversity consultancy that works with major corporate organisations in the UK and internationally. The training and consultancy services we offer help our clients deliver strategic and innovative programmes that improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled staff and deliver better services to disabled customers.
Sminty is supported by a team of talented associates, all specialists in their own field. Uniquely, we also work closely with a team of actors and comedians for training sessions or events that offer something fun and different. To discuss your consultancy needs, please email - email@example.com