Our story

ProAbility was established in 2009 to support people with health conditions that impact on their ability to work.

It all began when we designed and delivered a mental health work-support pilot programme in the North West for Access to Work. (Link to AtW Exec Summary) We supported 156 people in various workplaces, with 70% of those on a long-term absence successfully returning to work.

In 2012…

We were finalists in the Vocational Rehabilitation Associations’ Initiative of the Year Award.

The success of the pilot clearly highlighted that people with cancer and long-term health conditions require a specific type of work-support that was not necessarily related to mental health, and that this was something we could provide.

In 2013…

We lobbied the government for 2 years to try and get a national service set up specifically for individuals with cancer and other long term health conditions. After an underwhelming response, we decided it would be better to take matters into our own hands, and established ourselves as a social enterprise that offers an accessible service to those in need.

In 2014…

We were awarded a place on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme at the School of Social Entrepreneurs in Liverpool. As a social enterprise we are continually reinvesting back into the business to become more able to effectively support the wider community.

We’re still working hard

ProAbility is led by Louise Pode, a Chartered Physiotherapist with a Masters in ergonomics and a wealth of experience in supporting people with long term health conditions and cancer in the work place.

Catherine Wilson works in partnership with Louise as an Employment Lawyer with her particular field of expertise in The Equality Act.

The story is far from over. We continue to expand and carry out our life-changing work tirelessly, helping more and more people stay in work and hold on to their working identity.

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