Last year, in partnership with Community Works, TDC ran a course for Council staff on working with communities and volunteers. We followed up with one participant to see what difference it had made to her work in the Quality Monitoring Team.
“After the course I contacted the Supported Employment Team (SET) and explored ways for people with disabilities to work in care homes and supported living services. These supported working opportunities were introduced by SET to provider services at the Care Home Forum and some were interested. As a result one volunteer was offered paid work and another paid role arose. We anticipate that this is the start of lots of new opportunities in the future.”
Cassandra Whitfield, Commissioning Support Officer, Brighton & Hove City Council, Health and Adult Social Care
Cassandra got in touch to give us the above feedback and to tell us “I wanted to thank you, as I am sure that this would not come into fruition unless I had attended the training for ‘Creating Opportunities with communities and volunteers’ and a little spark of an idea came into my head. This spark has turned into two people with disabilities receiving paid work and fulfilling more of their potential, which is testament to building bridges and collaboration between teams.”
For more info on the Supported Employment Team, what support they can offer people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment, plus support they offer to employers, please contact them via email [email protected] or Phone: 01273 295961