By Pete Kent
By Pete Kent
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.
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.
Over the past few months, local Essex organisations have hosted ecdp Works participants. The impact has been astounding.
Companies have not only saved on recruitment costs, increased their productivity levels and raised awareness of disability within their work places, they have gained a deeper insight into the importance of being Disability Confident.
I sat down with Dave to talk about his work experience placement, which actually happened at ecdp HQ. Here is his story...
'This placement has proven that I can still do it all.'
I sat down with Dave to chat through his experiences of taking part in the fourth cycle of the ecdp Works programme. Here is his story...
'It didn’t actually feel like a job to me, and I’m keeping in touch with all the guys I worked with.'
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.
Sense of achievement
Broaden horizons and network
Increased opportunities and standard of living
Social connections and adult conversations
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!