Working with Scheme customers on our new website illustrations

Have you noticed anything new about our website? We’ve introduced some new illustrations and worked with ‘With Not For’, a creative talent agency, to find the graphic artist to design these for us.

With Not For aim to offer employment and empowerment to disabled people and connect employers and recruiters to disabled talent. We spoke to one of the founders to find out a bit more.

With Not For was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic by Kelly Gordon, a wheelchair user and disabled entrepreneur, and Emma Gardner, who has vast experience in helping workplaces evolve to include disability within their values and culture.

Both are Motability Scheme customers, with Emma leasing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), while Kelly has been on the Scheme for almost 10 years and currently has a Drive From Wheelchair WAV.

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Before founding With Not For in lockdown, Kelly worked for many years in the football industry and even previously owned a football club.

Of her inspiration for starting the business, Kelly says, “We identified the need for helping disabled talent get their dream jobs and get into these roles that they may not think are available to them. I think that disabled people tend be super creative and productive and there’s such a great bank of talent out there.”

One such talent was Jessica Oddi, who with the help of With Not For, was chosen to produce the illustrations for the updated Motability Scheme website.

Jessica is a freelance graphic artist and full-time electric wheelchair user who is based in Canada. “We’re always doing four o’clock calls and briefings with her – but she’s awesome!” says Kelly.

“With Jess’s personal style she’s very keen to portray as much diversity as possible, including race, different body shapes and sizes or disability. That’s something she’s really proud of.”

You can see more of Jessica’s work on Instagram by searching oddi.jessica

Although With Not For has gone from strength to strength since its creation, Kelly says there’s still a lot more work to do.

‘We’re always looking for new partners and talent to work with”.

“Our goal as a company is to ensure that disabled talent can work across any brief, not just disability related briefs. We put talent forward for all kinds of different briefs and opportunities. We’ve really grown the business in the last year and think it’s important that people understand and embrace disabled talent as well as disabled consultants when they’re looking to be more inclusive.’

If you’re interested in finding out more about With Not For, or maybe even offering your talents, search WNF_recruits on Instagram.

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