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Learning Disability Work Week

22 November 2019
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Learning Disability Work Week

Learning Disability Work Week

Did you know that only 6% of people with a learning disability of working age are in paid employment? It’s Learning Disability Work Week (18-22 November 2019) and we support people with a learning disability to get the right support to access and stay in work.

Our dedicated partner beam are specialists in learning disabilities and work closely with those across Stafford and South Staffordshire to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability.

Having a partner that specialises in learning disabilities means that we are well placed to support those in need. We provide free support, advice and training to enable people with learning disabilities across Stafford and South Staffordshire to move closer to employment.

The Building Better Opportunities programme can offer:

  • Financial support
  • Transport, clothing and childcare assistance
  • Debt management and money management
  • Relaxation and mindfulness activities
  • Nature and outdoor activities
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Confidence and self-esteem workshops
  • Housing and benefits advice
  • Computer and ICT courses
  • Career coaching (CV writing, interview techniques, development plans)
  • Adult and Community learning courses (First Aid, Business Admin, Food Safety, Warehousing, Animal Care, Literacy & Numeracy, Welding, IT, Manual Handling, Health & Safety, Customer Service, and many more.)
  • Self-employment and Business Start-Up Advice
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Work placements and voluntary work
Gemma Westwood

“Since I’ve been with Building Better Opportunities, I’ve had more support than ever.  Previously people have blanked me but here people listen, help and support me.”

Gemma Westwood, aged 28 from Wombourne



Becky McLeod at Nightingales Restaurant

“I’ve been doing lots of different jobs whilst on placement including preparing food, serving food, cleaning and delivering food to the wards.  The bit I enjoy the most is being part of the team.  The team here are just brilliant and they’ve all been so welcoming, which has really boosted my confidence no end.”

Becky Mcleod, aged 39 from Stafford. Becky completed a work placement with the hospitality team at County Hospital, Stafford thanks to our partner University Hospital North Midlands (UHNM)

Get in touch today, to find out more about Building Better Opportunities – Stafford & South Staffordshire and the specialist free support available…