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Learning, jobs, volunteering and other opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities available to you throughout Hull to help you with your personal growth. Whatever you decide you want to do, these organisations and services can help you to reach your potential. It is important that you find something that is right and comfortable for you and your circumstances.

Learning and training

There are lots of different learning opportunities out there. Some may help you to learn a life skill, while others are there to help you to get into employment. You may also want to consider taking a course because you enjoy that activity. To help you choose what learning opportunities fit best with you, you may want to consider the following -

  • I want to learn a new life skill to help me with my daily life such as cooking, DIY, gardening, computers etc
  • I want to attend a course that relates to a hobby or interest of mine
  • I want increase the likelihood of getting a job or pursuing a career?
  • something else?

Depending on what you want to achieve will determine what type of learning opportunity you may want to search for. Here are few organisations that can support you to find the right opportunity for you.

GOV.UK – Further education courses and funding

GOV.UK has information around further education and funding. They also can help you to find a course.

Visit the GOV.UK – Further education courses and funding

You can use webchat to speak to an advisor or alternatively you can telephone them on 0800 100 900

5 Senses

5 Senses offer learning and development opportunities for vulnerable adults through centre based educational sessions and community activities.
Activities cover a number of subjects, from Geography through to Life Skills. Each session is designed to develop your abilities by using teaching methods from different forms of Expressive Arts.

We use music, art, dance and drama as tools to enhance each person’s development in a range of subjects. We will also work with you to suit your preferred learning style.

They are based at - 

Popple Street

Visit the 5 Senses website to find out more

Or you can Telephone them on 01482 470 805 or E-Mail them at  


Case is a local charity which provides training, support and employment opportunities to people with a learning disability. Everything that they do is focused on improving people’s lives to help you grow as individuals.

They work with other service providers to support transition from schools or other service provision to Case. They offer individualised transition plans which could include taster days or work experience for young people at School.

Activities have been developed to meet the needs of the individuals who attend their services which can consist of -

  • formal learning programmes
  • informal learning programmes
  • craft and practical skills
  • gardening and horticulture
  • personal development programmes
  • independent living skills
  • employment programmes including practical activities such as catering, horticulture, administration etc.
  • sports programme

They are based at are based at

60 Charles Street

Visit the Case training website here

Or you can telephone then on 01482 320 200 or E-mail them at  

Hull College

Hull College offer a wide range of learning opportunities and courses in -

  • Art and design
  • Business, travel and tourism
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Computing
  • Construction and Green energy
  • Creative and digital media
  • Engineering
  • English, maths and science
  • Hari and Beauty
  • Heath and care
  • Motor vehicle
  • Music and performance arts
  • Professional studies
  • Sport and public services

Foundation Courses

If you have a disability or learning disability and need support, then you might want to consider the Foundation course. This course can support you with day to day independence skills or with your progression into studying or work. This is done by improving your knowledge and developing you skill set. They also work with you to improve your self confidence to prepare you for the next stage of your life.

Access the Hull College website 

Alternatively, you can contact them by Telephone on 01482 329 943

Hull Training and Adult Education

Hull Training and Adult Education are proud to be one of the city’s largest education and training providers. They offer a wide selection of education and training courses in over 100 different local and community venues.

We offer opportunities in -

  • apprenticeships
  • short courses
  • formal study programmes
  • part time adult courses

They have a useful website and offer three different venues to start your journey into adult education and training by accessing the link provided.

Visit the Hull Training and Adult Education website

Alternatively, you can also contact them on -

Endeavour Training centre - E-Mail  or Telephone on 01482 615 349

Preston Road Adult Education - E-mail or Telephone on 01482 616 580

Craven Park Training & Enterprise - E-mail: or Telephone 01482 379 500

Open University

The Open University teaches through distance learning. This means you can study when and where you decide so that it fits in with your current circumstances. You will receive all the learning material you will need. You will also get both online and offline support through tutors and personnel advisors to help you with you study.

Go to the Open University website to find our more

Alternatively you can contact them by telephone on 02890 323 722 Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm.


Jobcentre Plus

If you are looking for paid work, then your local Jobcentre Plus can help you to find employment that is right for you. Their advice can help you to 

  • search for local jobs
  • provide help and advice on looking for a job
  • give you Benefits information and advice and undertake benefits estimates

If you wish to make an appointment to see someone face to face you can find the local Job centre plus at 

Market place
East Yorkshire

Alternatively telephone 08456 043 719

The Job Centre Guide is an independent guide to Jobcentre Plus services, online job searching, CV preparation and interview technique. The aim is to provide you with all the information you need to help you find a rewarding job. We also have links to many job websites that list the most up to date vacancies.

Access the job centre guide for more information

Access to Work

Access to Work is a government initiative that helps people with a disability to stay in work. This is done by offering you support based on you needs which may include a grant. This grant can is used help cover the cost of practical help in the workplace.

An Access to work grant can cover the cost for –

  • specialist equipment to help you do your job more effectively
  • help getting in and out of work

You can apply for an Access to Work grant if you are a current or new employee.

Visit the GOV.UK webiste to find out more about Access to Work


Apprenticeships include practical training in a job with study in which you will get paid for. As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced staff gaining skills relating to the job you are doing. You will be given time off to for you to attend the relevant training and study. You can find more information on apprenticeships by using the GOV.UK link provided.

Visit the GOV.UK to find out more about becoming an apprentice

Blind in Business

Blind in Business help blind and partially sighted graduates to compete equally with sighted candidates for good jobs. Blind in Business can help if you are -

  • a blind or partially sighted teenager, looking for career advice or technology advice
  • a parent or carer of a blind or partially sighted child
  • a careers advisor at university who would like to learn how to support blind and partially sighted students
  • a disability advisor at college or university
  • an employer, looking to take on blind or partially sighted candidates
  • sighted and have a friend or relative who is visually impaired and may need our support
  • having problems with your sight in the workplace and need some support or direction on technology, or support with your employer
  • a blind or partially sighted undergraduate or graduate looking for support in finding work

a blind or partially sighted undergraduate or graduate looking for support at University

Blind in business have helped over 800 people get into work so far.

Go to the Blind in Business website here 

Disability Jobsite

Disability Jobsite supports people with a disability to find job opportunities and support them in their employment. The website has information on CV and interview advice along with job postings that you can apply for.

Visit Disability jobsite here


Employability works with disabled university students and graduates to support the transition from education into employment. They can offer you free support, advice and guidance throughout the entire recruitment process and beyond.

Visit the Employability website here

Mencap Hull

Mencap has over 40 years experience of supporting people with a learning disability into paid work. Their lifestyle and work team can help you to learn new skills, gain confidence and offer work experience placements.

They offer a person centred and practical support to help individuals and identify and apply for suitable progression routes. This progression can be in education, paid work, meaningful activity or a mixture of all.

Their services include -

  • pre-employment support including appropriate training to developing the skills need to get a paid job
  • work trials and placements offering experience in a real work environment
  • job coaching and in work support to find paid work to help you to learn new skills and cope with change
  • support for businesses that employ people with a learning disabilit

To find out more visit the the Mencap website using the link provided

Access the Mencap website here

Alternatively, you can contact them by telephone on 01482 211 473


Remploy exists to improve the lives of disabled people and those with complex needs through the power of work. They believe that everyone has something to offer, so they work to find their strengths. Once they know your skills, they match them to proper jobs with carefully chosen employers who help you to achieve

Their mission statement is to transform society and the lives of disabled people by -

  • creating equality in employment
  • facilitating their access to sustainable employment and careers
  • enabling them to achieve their ambitions and maximise their potential

The Hull branch is located at

Dunedin House
Albion Street

Visit the Remploy website here

To make an appointment you can E-Mail or telephone 03004 568 033

Scope – Support to work

Support to work is part of Scope’s employability services. It provides support for people with disabilities when applying for a job. You can get support via telephone, skype or text messages.

The service aims to -

  • provide support from an employment advisor to look at employability skills
  • provide resources online to help with CV and interview techniques
  • provide support and guidance for up to 12 weeks

Visit the Scope – Support to work website to apply online and find out more

Alternatively, you can contact scope by E-Mail on .

Universal Jobmatch

Jobmatch is a GOV.UK tool that allows you to search for jobs, upload your CV and receive E-Mail alerts about job opportunities that are linked to your qualities.

Go to GOV.UK – Universal jobmatch to start your search


Unpaid work or volunteering could also provide you with the opportunity that you are looking for to get involved where you live and feel like you contribute to what happens locally.

Hull CVS

Hull CVS promote volunteering across the city and advice to hundreds of people each year about volunteering. Their help and advice can point you in the right direction to find a volunteering opportunity that suits you.

Access the Hull CVS website to find out more

Alternatively you can contact Hull CVS by telephone on 01482 324 474

Connect to Support local groups and activities directory

Connect to Support’s local group and activities directory have lots of local groups and organisations. They rely on volunteers in order for them to function as well as they do. Go to the local groups and activities directory using the link provided to find out what volunteering opportunities are available.

Access the Connect to Support - Local groups and activities directory

Hull 2017

Opportunities to become a hull 2017 volunteer are now filled, however, if you are interested in future volunteering opportunities visit the Hull 2017 website using the link provided

Visit the Hull 2017 website to find out more

Alternatively, you can or E-mail them on  

Other opportunities

In this section, you will find other opportunities outside of learning, jobs and volunteering. They offer daytime opportunities for people with more complex needs as well as a direct payments support scheme.

You can also search in our local groups and activities directory for more opportunities.

Choices and Rights

Choices and Rights are an organisation run and controlled exclusively by disabled people in the Hull and East Riding area.
They currently have a Direct Payment support scheme for disabled people and another for families of disabled children. Both of these schemes are currently funded on a Service Level Agreement with the Hull City Council. We have approximately 1300 Personal Assailants on their database that have already been reference checked and this continues to grow.

To find out if Choices and Rights can support you with opportunities to get out and about, visit their website using the link provided.

Access the Choices and Rights website here

Alternatively, you can telephone them on 01482 878 778 or use their textphone service on 01482 370 986. You can also E-Mail them at  

Danny’s Dream

Danny’s Dream is a Care Quality Commission registered service in Hull providing a Personal Assistant homecare service.
They also provide a day care service called the Danny’s Dream Club which is on Walker Street, Hull. The club provides a safe and accessible “day care” base for service users.

Danny’s Dream is a “unique” service, providing an outstanding level of care and support across a range of specialisms. This includes the care and support of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and those with complex health needs. They work with families and professionals so that they can work to support good outcomes, minimise risk and maximise opportunity.

All of the Danny’s Dream staff are chosen with great care and are people who are compassionate and respectful. The team at Danny’s Dream see the you first and above all and deliver on their ‘live your life’ ethos

Visit the Danny’s Dream website here

Alternatively, you can telephone them on 01482 313 883 or E-Mail them on  

Easy Access Social Care

Easy access social care services support their members to live a more independent lifestyle in the community. They do this by providing -

  • a personal assistant service
  • a personal budget management support service
  • support for carers and the whole family

To find out more, visit their website using the link provided

Visit the Easy access social care website

Alternatively, you can telephone them on 01482 210 952 or E-Mail them at 

Last reviewed: 14/12/2017