A web service offering audio clips to help people with long-term health conditions or disabilities to start their own businesses and become self-employed has been launched in Derbyshire.
The Work for Yourself programme (
is funded by Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough Councils, and has already helped about 30 local people start their own businesses and a similar number find work.
The new audio clips, commissioned from radio journalist Karen Woods, cover tips on writing a CV and on developing a business idea. The CV advice covers two different types including a ‘skills and experience’ style CV for people who have had employment gaps, for whatever reason. There are also examples of CVs that can be used as templates.
“We recognise a lot of people don’t like to read long documents, so we are looking at alternative ways of providing them with information”, says Penny Melville-Brown of consultancy Disability Dynamics (
who is leading the programme. “So if somebody is speaking the concepts, it might just make it easier for some people.”
Melville-Brown is herself an entrepreneur with a disability – she is blind and has been running her own business for ten years. All her consultants and advisers are also self-employed, “so we are living it ourselves”, she says.