This week (19-25th June) is Learning Disability Awareness Week 2017 and this year’s focus is on employment.

With only 6% of people with learning disabilities known to local authorities to be in paid work roles, the campaign emphasises the need to tackle this issue and highlights the benefits of recruiting people with learning disabilities within the workplace.

Here at Options we support people to live life to the full and this can often include making a person’s aspirations a reality.

Learning Disability Awareness Week 2017

Take John, a season ticket holder for St. Helen’s Rugby club, whose dream job was to work at his favourite club’s store.

In 2016, John’s confidence really improved when he started a voluntary position working there.

It has also given him a real sense of purpose and he takes great pride in his role.

John has even been able to make a lot of new and good friends through working at the Club’s store, and is enjoying his wider social circle.

Many people have commented on the difference in John since he began working there, and how his communication skills have really improved too.

Options is committed to continuing to support people with learning disabilities to gain the confidence, skills and experience needed to take on work or voluntary roles should that be their goal.

For that reason, we’ve been showing our support for Learning Disability Awareness Week using #LDWeek17 on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week.

Learning Disability Awareness Week

To read more success stories from the people we support like John’s, click here.

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