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We're excited to share that WorkAid, our supported employment scheme, has been shortlisted for the British Diversity Awards 2024 in the Community Project of the Year category. The ceremony is scheduled for the 20th of March, 2024, at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, with hosts Dr Ranj Singh and Gillian Joseph.
WorkAid focuses on connecting adults with learning disabilities and autism with fitting work placements. It provides skills training, job application assistance, and supported employer inductions. This personalised approach not only readies candidates for work but also supports employers. WorkAid strives to challenge workplace perceptions, aiming to boost confidence, independence, and self-esteem among those they support.
Rachel Benson, WorkAid Manager, highlights the program's impact: "Every journey towards work is as unique as the people we are supporting. Yes, we have contractual targets, but our work is so much more than numbers; it's about helping someone who hasn't felt able to leave their home in years take their first tentative steps. It's about enabling someone to overcome the hurdles of just getting to an interview, which others take for granted. It's about showing someone they are seen, cared about and worthy. You can't use a numerical value to tell each story of the 1010 people with learning disabilities and autistic people who have reached out to us for help since our current contract began in April 2020."
It is an honour to be among the Top 10 in Britain for the British Diversity Awards. Whatever happens on the night, this is tremendous recognition for our wonderful WorkAid team.
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