Councillors will next week consider plans to extend a service which helps people with learning disabilities into paid work.
The i-work team, which is run by Nottinghamshire County Council, matches local employers with people with learning disabilities who are looking for work. A dedicated worker from the team learns the job themselves and will then spend the time needed to train and support a person with learning disabilities. They will also provide ongoing support to ensure the arrangement works well.
The i-work team was set up in 2008 with three year’s funding. The proposal is to invest just over £200,000 in extending the team for another two years. This will be taken to the Adult Social Care and Health Committee on Monday 1 October.
Councillor Kevin Rostance, Chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “This service has demonstrated that it can successfully support people with disabilities into meaningful paid work, which is our ultimate aim. The staff do an excellent job in learning a range of roles which they can then teach to people with learning disabilities at a pace which suits them.”
The i-work team works with a range of local employers including Argos, Next, M&S, Costa, Wetherspoons, Co-op, Nottingham City Hospital, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
- “I feel great about getting a paid job. It feels great because I’m not relying on other people” Michael Curwood (working at Liquorice Garden’s, Wetherspoons, Worksop, see attached image).
- “I get support from i-work with the health and safety and job training. Without it I wouldn’t be confident. I love my job.” Jane Constance (house-keeping at the Principle Hailey Hotel, Sutton-in-Ashfield, see attached image).