100% of profits go back into creating jobs for adults with learning disabilities and supporting them to develop skills needed to find employment
EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS & OPPORTUNITIES
The AND project is a platform for adults with learning disabilities to gain skills and experience in business, retail and marketing. Each year we work with 8 team members who help run and develop our clothing social enterprise. The team receive support, vocational training and real life work experience with the chance to gain paid employment within the business after their first year with us.
Providing a supportive and inclusive space the project aims to build self confidence, self esteem and self worth in order to improve mental wellbeing.
the need to Change Attitudes
Misconceptions and negative attitudes can be a barrier to people with a disability living the lives they want.
32% of people surveyed in the British Attitudes Survey thought that disabled people are not as productive as non-disabled people. This belief may contribute to the big difference in employment rates between people with a learning disability and the general population.
It is estimated that there are 1.5 million people in England with a learning disability.
Only 6% of adults with a learning disability are in employment although the majority want to be in order to feel fulfilled and play an active, contributing role in society.
improving mental Health
People with a learning disability can be more likely to experience poor mental health:
- Biology and genetics may increase vulnerability to mental health problems
- A higher incidence of negative life events
- Access to fewer resources and coping skills – even more notable during the 2020 Covid pandemic
- The impact of other people’s attitudes