Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2018: Part 1

Collage of young people with learning disabilities at work

Learning Disability Week - 18-24 June 2018

It’s Learning Disability Week this week, so we’re sharing some of our favourite success stories from our life and work programme at my AFK.

Working With Disability

We know that employment is an important part of life for many people. It gives people economic independence as well as opportunities to socialise with others; to grow and feel fulfilled; to contribute and be part of society.

 

It is estimated that 65 percent of people with learning disabilities want to work; however, only 5 to 7 percent are in employment. We want this to change.

 

At my AFK, our mission is to give as many young people with disabilities as possible the opportunity to work or volunteer in their community. Our team of specialised job coaches provide support to both disabled employees and to employers, guaranteeing a great experience for everyone involved.

 

88% of trainees who got paid work through a placement from my AFK are still in employment. 

 

We are proud of the work our job coaches and volunteers do to support young people with learning disabilities into work – 88% of trainees who secure a job through one of ourwork placements are still employed, either for the same or another company. We think that’s definitely something to celebrate!

Success Stories

Below you will see photos of some of our recent trainees, who wanted to share their experiences and tell us why work is important to them:

Patty

Patty recently completed a work placement as a classroom assistant at St. Mary’s Primary School in Hornsey. She helped children develop their literacy skills and provided general classroom assistance.

 

Why is work important to you?

“Work helps me build a social life. It is important also because it allows me to save money for the future.”

Young smiling woman in a wheelchair, sitting in a primary school classroom and looking at the camera

Steve

Steve has done lots of different things during his work placement at Redemption Brewery: using brewery equipment to check and wash the casks, packaging beer into bottles and labelling them.

 

What do you like most about your job?

“I like doing my job at the brewery because I go every Monday and check the temperature of the machine and then clean the barrels. I use a torch to check the inside for corks and insects. I love it.”

 

Why is work important to you and what do you want to do next?

“Work is important to me because I like working with other people and everyone talks to me. I want to have paid work because I am 25 and will be moving on from my AFK. I want my own money to keep it privately and do what I want with it.”

Young man carrying a metal barrel

Lucy

Lucy recently secured a paid job at Savers Health and Beauty as a shop assistant, where her duties include stacking shelves and customer service.

 

What do you like most about your job?

“I like doing the put-backs and talking to people”

 

Why is work important to you and what do you want to do next?

“The money I earn helps me, and my family are proud of me.”

Young woman stacking shelves in a Savers health and beauty shop aisle
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