Thera East Anglia secures funding for supported employment project

Thera East Anglia is delighted to announce that they have received funding through the Cambridgeshire County Council Innovate and Cultivate fund. The money will enable the My Way project to support more people with a learning disability into employment.

The Innovate and Cultivate fund is administered by Cambridgeshire County Council to help voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations deliver projects which promote people’s independence and create strong communities. Grants are available from £2,000 up to £50,000.

The My Way project has been set up by Thera East Anglia to address low levels of employment amongst people with a learning disability.

The funding has enabled Thera East Anglia to employ a job coach, who will work with people individually to meet their employment and training goals. This may include support around travel training, CV writing or signposting to further education prior to employment.

The My Way project will also be working closely with local employers, providing a range of support to make sure placements are a success.

Lorna Weston, Managing Director for Thera East Anglia, said: “Our vision is to show that people with a learning disability can be leaders in society. With the support of the Innovate and Cultivate Fund, we have developed a person centred approach to support people with a learning disability into either paid or voluntary employment through flexible job coaching.

The coaching will include information and support on developing skills and strategies in the workplace, which will also be transferrable to day to day life at home.

Along with other partners in this project, we are looking forward to ensuring more people with a learning disability in Cambridgeshire have the opportunity to be an active, contributing member of their community whilst building natural relationships and friendships.”

Further information

For more information about the Innovate and Cultivate fund, visit: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/icf.html

For more information about the My Way project, please contact:

Terri Dumont, Employment Support Manager at the My Way project

terri.dumont@thera.co.uk or 0300 303 1281