Paid Employment

Paid employment

Paid employment is work where you are paid at least the minimum wage, you have a contract of employment and you have employment rights.

Balance logo Balance is a Community Interest Company that offers support to people with a disability who would like to get a paid job.

You may be able to get support from an Employment Consultant if you:
– are over the age of 18
– you get services or support from the Kingston Community Learning Disability Team and/or
– you have a Statement of Education Need whilst in school due to a Learning Disability.

Click here for information about the Learning Disabilities Employment Team at Balance.

Case studies

Amy Fraser


Amy – Supported by Balance LD Employment Team in October 2015 to get paid work with Sodexo working as a Catering Assistant at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton.




PaulPaul has been working with the Learning Disability Team since October 2014. Before this, Paul had done 25 years of voluntary work within the community. His goal was to get paid work as a Hospital Porter. Alongside his Employment Consultant Holly, Paul completed a vocational profile, to identify his Skills. Holly arranged for Paul to volunteer as a Trolley Buddy at Kingston Hospital and supported him in this role. Paul was then head hunted by the team leader of the Patient Transport Team, who asked him to join them as a Porter on a temporary contract. Paul thrived in this role and impressed them so much, that they have since offered him a full time contract. Paul now works 40 hours a week and is loving his role. His Employment Consultant Holly continues to keep in touch with Paul and his Line Manager to provide support when needed.



‘I am very thankful that I have Glen as my Employment Consultant I really wouldn’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for his support, understanding and patience’ – Amanda Piggott who secured a paid position with Bentalls Department store in October 2015

‘I am happy with everything Balance does for me’- Anya Downie

<‘You all do a good job and are very helpful indeed’- Simon Franks