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Social Care Charity Celebrates Service Users Success at Wanstead Awards Event

Social Care Charity Celebrates Service Users Success at Wanstead Awards Event

Service users at Cherry Tree Café celebrate their ASDAN award with friends and family, awarded by Paul Allen, Vibrance Chief Executive. Image courtesy of Wanstead and Woodford Guardian.

UK Charity Vibrance celebrates the successful completion of the ASDAN ‘Workright’ national employment course by seven of its service users. The course is one of many projects run by the charity to support people with Learning Disabilities in leading independent fulfilling lives. The successful service users were celebrated at an award presentation at Cherry Tree Café, Wanstead on 14th August 2014 from 5pm.

The Charity runs a successful ‘Pathways to Employment' venture, which gives service users employability skills through work experience and training. The Pathways to Employment project also encourages service users to complete The ASDAN ‘Workright’ qualification.

The ASDAN ‘Workright’ qualification was funded through the Redbridge Community Fund for the ‘Filling the Gap’ project. This project was set up to bridge a gap in social care and benefits funding to support people with disabilities into real meaningful employment. Therefore there was no better place to start giving seven service users the opportunity to undergo the course over the past year.

Greg Bouchard, one of the service users who completed the course said: “ASDAN has helped me to gain confidence in myself and I now feel I’m able to go into paid employment. I enjoyed doing the course as I was able to show my abilities - I now hope to get a job in my local Co-op supermarket”.

ASDAN understands that employers want people who are punctual and reliable, can work with other people and can complete tasks to the required standard. ‘Workright’ provides a framework to develop a range of basic transferable employability skills, and Vibrance are very keen to enhance their service users with these skills.

Vibrance Chief Executive Paul Allen, who will be presenting the awards on the afternoon said: “We are always looking to make a difference to the lives of people. Its wonderful news that seven service users has gained their ASDAN ‘Workright’ accreditation. We are hoping that more service users will sign up and complete similar programmes. They will hopefully be an inspiration to other service users who wish to pursue a career and who can use our supported employment service in conjunction with ASDAN.”

Vibrance supports 850 adults throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities and difficulties. It offers a range of community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, respite care, supported employment and self-directed services.

The organisation employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012.

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