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Enable Network

Enable Network

Disability Confident Employer

At Nationwide, we believe that ensuring accessibility for disabled members and employees is more than a legal obligation. It is simply the right thing to do.  We are absolutely committed to providing an inclusive environment for all, ensuring that our policies and services do not create barriers for disabled customers and employees. 

Nationwide is proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer.  Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better through changing behaviour and cultures in our own business, networks and communities. We are also proud to be members of the Business Disability Forum (BDF).  The Disability Standard is an online management tool developed by BDF to help businesses to measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees and stakeholders. Completion of the standard allows Nationwide to see how disability-smart we are across the whole of our business.  

To support our employees, we offer workplace adjustments and have created a Workplace Adjustment Passport. This document helps facilitate a conversation between an employee and their manager about workplace adjustments. Disclosing a condition and starting a dialogue about workplace adjustments can be daunting for an individual and the Passport can be used to help make it easier and can travel with the employee as they progress through their career. 


What we do

Enable is Nationwide’s Disability Network, run by employees for employees.

As a network, our role is to:
- Start conversations to make it ok to talk about disability and mental health in the workplace and to help us learn from one another's experiences
- Connect our members so they can share their experiences, build new networks, find support and feel able to be themselves at work
- Listen to our members' feedback and champion the change needed to create a truly inclusive, accessible and supportive workplace for everyone.
- Celebrate our differences and run education events to increase awareness and understanding of some of the issues and benefits of the various protected characteristics of our network members.

Andrew #WeThe15

I have disabilities, but I don't consider myself disabled.


Andrew, Member Representative

Andrew's story

Enable often share stories of colleagues living with disabilities and long-term conditions. By starting these conversations, it will help others to talk about disability and mental health in the workplace and connect its members so they can find support.

Member Representative Andrew shared his story as part of the #WeThe15 campaign. Together with organisations around the world, we were proud to be supporting the #WeThe15 campaign, a 10-year global movement focused on empowering and advancing the lives of the 15% of the world's population living with disabilities. Here is what Enable member Andrew had to say:

I was first registered as disabled after a car accident which left me quite deaf. Then, six years ago, I was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), which means I have bouts of shaking and physical weakness. I've also suffered from anxiety most of my life. Alongside this, I'm a carer for my wife, who's largely wheelchair bound after contracting Lyme's Disease and Encephalitis, and my son's autistic. These things mean it's very difficult to plan my days, outside of the fundamentals, as I often have to adapt depending on how she's feeling.

I wanted to share my story because to quote a very good book that I use a lot, 'why are you pretending to be normal?' I have disabilities, but I don't consider myself disabled. It's only one aspect of who I am, but it's an integral part of what makes me, me. If you don't live your life taking into account your disability, how can you expect others to take account of it too?

Yes, I need support, and get fed up of the limitations sometimes, but with that support I can overcome most things. Life is wonderful and should be embraced every day. The pandemic has really brought that into sharp focus.

I've found that when I've disclosed my situation, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. If you focus on what you can do, then you'll get support with the things that are more difficult. This applies in the vast majority of situations, with the vast majority of people.

I've only worked for three large financial organisations in my career. Two have been really supportive, whilst the other really didn't deliver on their policies. Luckily, Nationwide is one of the supportive ones and has great tools and resources to help me. My current manager has given me a lot of support and good advice. They say to do your very best when you're at work, but don't be afraid to speak up if there are things that you're finding difficult. If you aren't fit for work, declare that fact and then discuss what you're going to do to get back to work. It may be that something outside work is having an overall impact on you doing your job to the best of your ability. None of us live our lives in boxes, putting our home life away the instant we come to work, so it's best to keep your manager up to date with your situation so that nothing's a surprise. I also have a carer's passport registered, and we discuss this regularly.