Minstead Trust

"I have a learning disability and I want to work"

Money raised will help fund Minstead Trust's supported work programme for people who have learning disabilities, in the social enterprises run by Minstead Trust.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053319)

Campaign target

£8,000

Amount raised

£8,261

Donations

57

Championed by The Reed Foundation - UK

  • I lay up tables in the Long Hall with cutlery and plates ready for any conferences. I understand and follow instructions and that I need to be on time for work. I hope that I will eventually get employment with the skills I am learning.

    — Vicky

Situation

According to MENCAP, although 80% of working age people who have learning disabilities have a mild or moderate learning disability, only 20% of these people are actually in work, compared with 49% of the wider disability community. There are a number of barriers these people face in accessing employment, these include levels of confidence & work skills amongst people with learning disabilities, difficulty navigating the application process and lack of understanding by employers about capability

Solution

The Trust understands the difficulties faced by people with learning disabilities in gaining work skills and employment. Our new Step Up for Work Programme invests in people's futures & enriches lives. Supporting up to 13 people p.a, training includes workplace expectations, travel and health & safety, followed by a 26 week placement in one of our supporting social enterprise settings. We're working closely with firms (e.g Skanska) to enable people to find jobs at the end of the Programme.