Professional coaching service extended

Date posted: 2nd February 2021

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and the Centre for Resolution are extending their professional coaching service for blind and partially sighted people.

The service which is free-of-charge was launched in November specifically for blind and partially sighted people who are facing redundancy or who have recently been made redundant.

Martin Sigsworth, Senior Employment Manager at TPT, said: “We made the decision to extend the programme due to the worsening impact on the job market that the continued lockdown measures have brought.

“The feedback from blind and partially sighted people who have received coaching following redundancy has been very positive.  We are building more resources into the programme to extend this to more people.”

Matthew who was working in the charity sector, said: “I was unexpectedly made redundant as a result of the worsening economic climate.  I heard about the programme and used the sessions to refocus my goals and change direction in my career.  I would definitely recommend anyone who may be in this position to look into using the coaching service.”

Delivered by the Centre for Resolution, professional coaches help people who have been made redundant work through what steps they need to take to secure their next role.

Ryan Compton, Director of the Centre for Resolution, said: “As a visually impaired person myself, I know the challenges blind and partially sighted people face both securing employment and progressing in their careers.

“TPT is funding the service so it is free for blind and partially sighted people who need it.  Our coaches help people to identify career goals, develop a strategy with action steps to reach those goals, and provide accountability to achieve them.”

Citizens Advice research revealed disabled people are at least twice as likely to face redundancy* with increased competition for fewer roles.

Martin added: “We know that assistive technology allows blind and partially sighted people to perform roles in the workplace as well as their fully sighted colleagues but many employers are still oblivious to this. The new coaching service aims to try to level the playing field, to give people confidence and help them to find direction.”

Click here for more information on the professional coaching service.


* Parents, carers and disabled people at least twice as likely to face redundancy, warns Citizens Advice




For further information or images please contact:

Penny Wilkinson, Thomas Pocklington Trust,  07974 578 637.


Editors’ Notes

About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. We are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives.


About the Centre for Resolution

The Centre for Resolution provides a range of services to individuals, families and organisations including civil, workplace, disability and family mediation, mediation skills and disability awareness training.

The aim of Centre for Resolution is to increase effective communication between colleagues and employers, family members and ex partners, service providers and service users.  It is a Disabled Confident employer and proud member of the College of Mediators.

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