I’m John perry

Helping you to reach your potential

Find & Forge Your Own Path

What We Do

We offer tailored 1-2-1 and peer support for people covered by the Equality Act!

Radio Programme and Podcast

Our sessions are designed for disabled people, migrants and the whole community.

About John Perry

A qualified counsellor and experienced trainer on disability issues, John has over thirty years’ experience of providing support, advice, guidance and advocacy to disabled people on employment, education, training and benefits.

John says: “I use my own ‘lived experience’ of disability to help other people. We all have a right to participate equally in society; I want to use my skills, knowledge and experience to help other disabled people to access the services and opportunities they are entitled to.

From 1968 to 1980, John attended St Vincent’s School for the Blind in Liverpool. Using Braille, he studied the whole range of academic subjects.

He then went on to the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.

When he left Hereford, John gained qualifications in training and counselling. He has worked in a variety of roles in the voluntary and private sectors, supporting disabled people with a wide range of physical, emotional and sensory impairments.

“I would like to thank my late wife Sharon, Mum and Dad and my brothers Richie, Mike and Alan and my sister Joan, along with my wider circle of  family and friends for supporting, helping and putting up with my moods, aspirations, in some cases foolhardy decisions and actions!”

“I would also like to acknowledge those people who have supported me in the past and continue to do so. I would also include organisations who have played their part in developing me as a person, helping me to have values, form opinions and play an active role both in a personal and professional capacity.”

John Perry in his own words:

You can hear John in conversation with Tom Walker, from Walk on Water PR, talking about his life, why he set up the Focus Employment Hub and the services he is providing.

Focus Employment Hub

Focus Employment Hub Limited is a social enterprise based in St Helens. We provide emotional and practical support for disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

We offer a range of services to anyone covered by the Equality Act in the areas of training, consultancy, employment support, counselling and wellbeing.

We work locally and nationally. We can offer face to face, telephone and video conferencing.

Focus Employment Hub Limited is run by John Perry. John is visually impaired and also has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. An experienced advocate, qualified personal and vocational counsellor, John is dedicated to change attitudes and remove barriers to help people who are finding it difficult to get into employment or to receive benefits.

John is also an experienced trainer on equality and disability issues.

If you run a business or organisation that is looking for guidance, consultancy or support, get in touch.

About us

Focus Employment Hub Limited was set up by John Perry. We are a social enterprise based in St Helens. John has received specific funding both from the lottery for the REACH project to provide free support for disabled people and people with long term health conditions, and from St Helens Council to support migrants.
Both projects will provide emotional and practical support with the focus being on employment. The aim will be to provide tailored support to a small group of people on a 1-2-1 basis, or in a group setting to realise their potential and to help them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our vision

Our Vision: is to see excluded people given the same opportunities in education, training and employment as everyone else. We aim to promote practical, social and emotional change by providing tailored support to those who feel excluded from society owing to disability or long term health conditions.

What We Do

We offer tailored 1-2-1 and peer support for disabled people and people with a long-term health condition covered by the Equality Act, their friends and family.

Services include;

  • Emotional and practical support
  • Providing a listening ear in a confidential and non-threatening environment
  • Help with college and job applications, along with volunteering
  • CV writing
  • Signposting to other services
  • Counselling, advocacy and life-coaching
  • Looking for and finding work

Focus Employment is here to give emotional and practical support 7 days a week by appointment.
We offer face to face/telephone/video conferencing etc.

We’ll also be looking to offer volunteering, employment, self-employment and apprenticeship opportunities. If you are an employer and would like to consider working with us on this, please get in touch with us.

Testimonials & Case Studies

“When I first walked into John Perry’s office, I was struggling with anxiety due to my epilepsy.
My epilepsy nurse advised me to leave my job in a care home which was 12 hour shifts. It was no good for my health and I was on 70g of anxiety tablets. I’m now on 10g.
During this period, I was going to see John regularly and he advised me to be patient. I broke away from care work and it was the best thing I have ever done.
I felt like I was going to John forever, the day that my business was registered I was so proud of myself. John Perry you have been amazing for me all the way.
I say well done and thank you for your help, advice and support.
Maybe in a couple of years I will own my own shop and Sweet Tooth will be known all over Liverpool. I can’t thank you enough John!

Jane

In the short time I have known John Perry, I have found him to be a persuasive and articulate advocate.

On two occasions, he supported me at a very crucial and vulnerable time in my life. A man of delicate manner, he is candid and fair.

John has spoken for me after I lost my job due to a stroke and on another occasion, in liaising on my behalf for me in securing possible self-employment in the not too distant future.

Peter

The support you have provided me with has been more than amazing.

You have been able to be there when I needed you the most, especially at some last minute meetings.

The professional and personal attention you provide is exceptional …

Saying thank you will never be enough!
You have a heart of gold and you’re passionate about what you do! I can highly recommend your services to someone who really needs your help, especially where disability employment issues are concerned.

Sarah

Radio Programme and Podcast

Since the launch of Focus Employment Hub I now present a radio programme called ‘In Focus’ on Liverpool Community Radio 106.7 fm, focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion issues. The programme is recorded monthly and is broadcast on:

Mon: 21:00 | Tues 01:00 | Wed 17:00 | Fri 05:00 | Sat 08:00 | Sun 11:00

You can listen on 106.7fm, live via the website, or download the podcast from the website, your mobile device or on your smart speaker.

I also present a monthly podcast the ‘Imagine’ podcast focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion issues which we upload to youtube and other platforms and via social media.

COVID-19 Practice & Procedures

 

During these uncertain times and due to Covid-19 we have changed the way we work.

Focus Employment is here to give emotional and practical support 7 days a week by appointment.

We offer telephone/facetime/whatsapp/skype/zoom and where and when appropriate face to face support following social distancing guidelines.

Keep In Touch

To find out more;

Call John Perry
01744 453696
Tuesday - Friday
10am - 2pm

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