About Us

Unity Works supports people with a learning disability to gain skills, achieve qualifications and secure jobs, so they can reach their full potential.

Unity Works wants to increase the numbers of people with a learning disability in work. This currently sits at a devastating 4.8%1, whilst we know that 65%2 of people with a learning disability want to be in work.

Therefore, our mission is to go above and beyond in creating opportunities, training and inclusive workplace experiences for people with a learning disability to showcase their talents and claim the future of their choice.

Unity Works was formed from The Camden Society’s long history of providing employment and training support to people with a learning disability. We have:

  • Employed 82 apprentices with a further 70% progressing into paid work.
  • Supported 297 people across our employment programmes over the past year with 78 securing paid jobs.
  • Supported 83 trainees across our social enterprises over the past year.

We run social enterprises that combine high quality training and exceptional products/services delivery. We have high-profile partnerships with a range of employers and run numerous supported employment models including supported internships.

Since the pandemic, it is even harder for people with a learning disability to get and stay in jobs. Lots of employers lack the confidence or knowledge to employ someone with a learning disability. We can help create an inclusive workplace.

We expect to be held accountable for achieving our mission – by the people we support, by funders and by employers. With more focused priorities and dedicated resources, we will reduce the learning disability gap.

Unity Works is rated as a Disability Confident Leader and is approved by the Matrix Accreditation.

 

                     

 

1 Employment Rates for People with Disabilities 2021-22 | British Association for Supported Employment (base-uk.org)

2 Companies fear employing people with learning disabilities, survey reveals | Guardian sustainable business | The Guardian