Day one of ecdp Works by Ian Dean

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:16 -- Anonymous

Today was the first day of the ecdp Works Course. As the masterminds behind the programme, Dennis Preston and Rachel Vipond opened with several introductions before the CEO of ECDP, Mike Adams, spoke about how beneficial the course could be. We were then asked to introduce ourselves to the person next to us, answering six questions about who we were. When we were done, we then introduced that person to the rest of the room. Rachel, Dennis, and the various course mentors around the room also took part in all the activities.

'Finding that job' discussion

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:06 -- lmay

Employment was the focal point of our ecdp Works course for the first week.

On the first day of the programme, participants discussed the prospect of finding work.This discussion was really useful, as it brought together the participants, the ecdp staff and the mentors, who will be supporting participants throughout the course.

Everyone talked about their individual journey so far in 'finding that job'.

Introducing our sponsors for cycle five

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:55 -- lmay

The fifth cycle of our ecdp Works programme is sponsored by two organisations. In this blog, we'd like to introduce them!


PCG is an American consultancy firm.There full name is Public Consulting Group, Inc.In September 2014, ecdp and PCG announced a new strategic partnership.

A donation of £20,000 was made to ecdp, and with this donation PCG is making possible this ecdp Works programme entirely for those who experience a Learning Disability.

ecdp Works begins fifth cycle

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:36 -- lmay

ecdp Works, our award-winning work experience programme, begins fifth cycle to support people with Learning Disabilities into the workplace

Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work, but at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work*.

We believe that with the right support, people with Learning Disabilities can reach their employment aspirations.For employers, it is an opportunity to tap into a wider talent pool.Our fifth cycle of ecdp Works began on Monday 10 November 2014.

Catching up with Lesley at the end of her placement

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:32 -- lmay

In this blog, Lesley updates us all on her journey so far, in her own words...

First of all, I can't believe our time is nearly up in the placements!

How quickly time has flown.

I am at Great Dunmow Police Station, which is now more of a centre for various departments that moved over from HQ in Chelmsford.

Originally I was to work upstairs in the main offices, but due to my mobility and Health and Safety issues this was not possible.So downstairs I went to the Records Office.

Confidence, Hope, Camaraderie

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:32 -- lmay

Over the first week of ecdp Works we asked our participants both what they had learned, and what they thought they would take forward into the world of employment.


Confidence building has been a target of the ecdp Works programme from the very beginning, and a lot of our participants have identified this as one of the most valuable parts of the course so far.


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