Supporting Harlow adults with disabilities back into work

Communities / Tue 28th Jul 2015 at 12:31pm

ESSEX County Council has awarded a new contract to award-winning social enterprise Realise Futures to help 150 adults with disabilities into paid employment over the next three years.

It forms a part of a wider programme to increase the independence of Essex residents with disabilities.

Realise Futures has already received a positive reception from people they have worked with – some of whom were involved in the rigorous procurement exercise to find the new provider.

A number of ‘meet and greet’ sessions for adults with disabilities, their parents and carers have already been held across the county.

Dedicated advisors will be working from bases in Basildon, Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester to offer a countywide service, helping adults with disabilities to initially match their skills and aspirations and with the needs of local employers – and then support them in their new roles with ongoing coaching and training.

Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Children, said: “We believe people with disabilities are entitled to lead ordinary lives with the same life aspirations, opportunities and outcomes as everyone else – and that includes helping them onto the career ladder.”

Realise Futures’ Director of Employment and Business Development, Jenny Brick said: “We are passionate about developing the potential of disabled people – a fact that is reflected by the percentage of our own workforce who are disabled. We look forward to working with new customers, their parents/carers, Essex County Council and employers across the county.”

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