“They told me I wouldn’t walk again. But Heather had faith in me: that I would not only walk again, but work again.”

Ben, Workability Service User


“They told me I wouldn’t walk again. But Heather had faith in me: that I would not only walk again, but work again.”

Ben, Workability Service User

Supported Employment West Sussex (SEWS) is a service operated by Impact Workability and the Aldingbourne Trust’s WorkAid.

The scheme aims to match adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disability, sensory impairment and/or acquired brain injury, or those who are carers, with suitable work placements and includes help for employers to get the most from their valuable and productive new employee.

The SEWS programme empowers individuals by raising their self-confidence, independence and self‑esteem while challenging perceptions of disability in the workplace.   Candidates receive a range of one-to-one support including cv writing, job searching and applications, preparing for interviews and supported inductions with employers. 

We aim to meet a range of support needs and complexities, so to support this and enable truly person-centred approaches, different levels (‘Tiers’) of support are available.  For general advice and information about services that may be available for you, please contact us by phone or email or speak to one of our specialist team members at our offices or community ‘drop ins’.  From there, we will work with you to explore next steps, which may include a short programme of support to progress into work and/or support to access longer term support.  For some, a referral form from West Sussex County Council’s Life-Long Services Team will be required.  In all cases, please do get in touch as the first step to finding or maintaining a job.

Find out more by visiting the SEWS website:

If your primary need for care and support is a Learning Disability or Autism, please visit the WorkAid website:

If you want to contact Workability for any reason, please click here.

Of utmost importance for many of our clients is to have structure to their week, connections to others and to have a purpose in life – as a result, money is often not the priority. Many tell us Workability is the first place where they have felt valued and made to feel they can contribute to their families and communities.

Recent research showed that over 90% of people supported into work through Workability are still in employment 2 years later.

Workability provides one-to-one support, with practical help and guidance to help people to achieve their goals. We link with employers and other support services to ensure people get high quality and support appropriate to them

If you would like to get in touch please feel free to use the contact form, give us call on 01903 730044 or email us at

GDPR Consent

“After ten years without a job , I thought I would never work again; it was scary. I have a long-term health condition but Workability were brilliant at reminding me to take one step at a time. For me the difference is not just about money, it’s about going to work and helping other people.”

Viv, Administrator for Workability and Advocacy

“After talking to staff at the drop ins, I am now more confident applying for jobs and attending interviews”

Kayleigh, YPC Service User

“I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t gone to Stopover. It was the first place ever I could call home and feel safe, and that someone cared about whether I came home or not.”

Chloe, Ex-Stopover Resident

“I love coming to WASP; there is always loads to eat and we never get shouted at. We have to stick to the rules and, mostly, we do. Garry always asks me if I have done well at school today”

Dan, Aged 9

Each year, we help over 6,000 people across Sussex. By donating today, you enable us to help even more. Thank you.