By Ian Dean
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.
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'.
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, 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.
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.
by Louise Treen, ecdp Communications Assistant
We’re currently in cycle four of the latest ecdp Works programme and as a new member of the ecdp team I spent an afternoon with the participants on a group exercise.
During the first training week of ecdp Works cycle four, we asked participants why they want to get a job. Here are some of their answers...
Sense of achievement
Broaden horizons and network
Increased opportunities and standard of living
Social connections and adult conversations
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.
Thursday 07 July 2016 is THE BIG HEALTH DAY from 10am to 3pm.
Disability Essex provided advice, support and a place to socialise for disabled people, their families and carers since 1949 but has closed due to financial difficulties.
Dust off your blue suede shoes, brylcreem your quiff and get ready to Party with Elvis on 07 May!