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Employment support for those with learning disabilities

The statistics for people with learning disabilities having a paid job are disappointingly low – 6% is the average.

Slough Employ-Ability is the council’s employment service for local disabled people and it supports about 100 clients, some in paid work and some as volunteers.

The following people have shown how with the right support they can make a positive contribution to businesses in and around the town.

Pictured above are Richard, Michael, Sarah and Herman.

Richard volunteers at Wexham Park Hospital, getting involved in putting up posters, gardening, distributing their in-house magazine and sorting the donated bookshop which generates valuable additional funding for the trust.

Michael had been out of work for about 10 years when he was offered a job with B&M. He works part-time and has joined the team that keeps the stocks replenished both in the store and in their warehouse. Michael said: “I’d had so many rejected applications that I thought no one wanted me, but I was delighted to get a positive response from B&M.”

Sarah volunteers for Age Concern in their café serving hot drinks and refreshments. She always gives a cheerful greeting to the old folk who drop in not only for a cuppa but also to see friends and enjoy the social activities that Age Concern is able to offer.

Herman is a familiar figure at Asda as he has been working there since 1991. He helps keep the store clean and tidy, collecting baskets and clearing surplus cardboard from the shelves and aisles.

Slough Employ-Ability would be pleased to hear from any employer who would like to find out more about the benefits of employing someone with learning disabilities. Email peter.jost@slough.gov.uk  or call 01753 572249.

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