Growing our employment opportunities

The My Way Supported Employment project is helping Thera East Anglia get more people into work

We are working hard to help more and more adults with a learning disability secure work within East Anglia.

We aim to do this through our Supported Employment project My Way, which is being led by our Employment Support Manager Terri Dumont.

So far, we have invested in a two-day training course with UK disability specialist Remploy, called Training in Systemic Instruction. The course is designed to help our employees teach vocational and independent living skills to the people we support. We have also become a member of the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE).

Through this project, eight people who work at our 82’s Crafts and Creations Shop, in Whittlesey, will be supported in gaining qualifications to help them develop their retail and employability skills.

We have also launched a new IT suite at our venue The Meeting Place, which includes three computers with internet access and a wireless printer. We hope this will become a fantastic resource for the people we support.

Finally, we are looking at building links with Cambridgeshire charity Pinpoint, to see if they are able to offer work experience placements for the people we support at their St Ives office. The organisation provides help and information to parent carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. We are also working towards building links with other businesses in and around Cambridgeshire.

If you want to find out more about the My Way Supported Employment project, email terri.dumont@thera.co.uk