Apply to be a Community Partner and help shape the support for disabled people in your area.

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an opportunity to work in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus to shape the support for disabled people and those with a health condition in partnership with the third sector. This was announced in Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, which was published for consultation on 31 October.

The new Community Partner role will build on expertise within Jobcentre Plus and strengthen the understanding of the needs of disabled people and those with health conditions to ensure that support can be tailored according to customer requirements.

As a Community Partner you will have experience and/or expert knowledge of disability, and enhance services to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people and those with a health condition. You will bring specialist knowledge to enhance disability understanding, support the development of a national network and build local relationships with specialist organisations.

Applications for Lead Community Partner roles will remain open until Friday 16 December. Roles will be appointed on either a secondment or fixed-term appointment basis for one year, with a possible extension for a further 11 months. For more information and to request an application form, please email Community.Partners@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or call 0207 867 3186/0774 747 2709, indicating your preference of a secondment or fixed-term appointment position. Applicants should also contact for applications in an alternative format.