Minister of State for Disabled People visits ecdp

On 10 July 2014, ecdp welcomed the Minister of State for Disabled People the Rt Hon Mike Penning MP to our Chelmsford based offices.

ecdp formally launched the corporate strand of our ecdp Works programme, to coincide with this Ministerial visit. ecdp Works is an award-winning combination of training, work experience and personalised support for disabled people. ecdp Works embodies the principles of the Government’s Disability Employment and Health Strategy: it is personalised, localised, comprehensive and user-led.

Mike Penning MP talking with Mike Adams OBE, CEO of ecdp

This new strand of the programme will utilise corporate sponsorship and create new partnerships between the private, public and voluntary sector.Guest speakers at this event included Ian Drysdale, HR Director for Essex and Kent Police, and Lizzie Gray from FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, Mitie.

‘We need to spread the word to businesses that being Disability Confident makes sense.’ - Mike Penning MP, visiting ecdp

Mike Penning MP endorsed the corporate strand of the ecdp Works programme, encouraging local businesses to recognise the economic importance of accessing and supporting the UK disability market. Mike Penning MP discussed the benefits of employing disabled people, and encouraged employers to seek support via the Disability Confident campaign from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Guest speakers also included Leanne, a former ecdp Works participant, and Lewis, who is currently on the programme. Their lived experience testimonials showcased the impact that ecdp Works has on individuals.

‘Now I have taken part in ecdp Works, I am a different person. I am happy, confident and proud of what I did. If I could say one thing to employers, I would ask them not to judge people. With the right support, people with mental health problems can work, and like me, they can get their confidence back.’ – Leanne Morley, ecdp Works participant

On 10 July 2014, ecdp invited local businesses to continue their journey towards being Disability Confident.

To find out more about how ecdp can support you, contact William Snagge, Director of Policy and Development at ecdp.

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Call William on 01245 214021

Visit our ecdp Works web page

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