AtW - Find Your Way

Introduction

This is your guide to the Access to Work (AtW) process. When you're first starting out it can all seem a bit daunting. DnA are here to help! This handy step-by-step guide will show you all the things you need to do to get up and running with your AtW support.

What *is* AtW?

Access to Work (AtW) is a grant that funds practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. The aim is to help you start work, stay in work or be able move into self-employment or start a business. The support will accommodate your individual needs, and ensure all the reasonable adjustments you need to do your job to the best of your ability are in place.

Eligibility

AtW grants are available if you're over 16 and your employer is based in England, Scotland or Wales. There's a different system in Northern Ireland. You must be about to start a job or work trial, or already in a paid job or self-employed. Unfortunately you can’t get a grant for voluntary work.

Your disability or health condition must affect your ability to do a job on a day to day basis or mean you have to pay work-related costs. For example, special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport.

What support might I get?

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant as the recommendations of support are tailored to your specific needs. What you get depends on your circumstances. However grants are capped at £40,800 per year.

The money can pay for things like:

  • adaptations to the equipment you use
  • special equipment
  • fares to work if you can't use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • a support service if you have a mental health condition and you're absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job