EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS & WELLBEING
AND-Clothes give our members a platform to flourish and become the successes they deserve to be. We address the lack of employment opportunities facing people with learning disabilities and instill confidence and promote wellbeing through creative practice within the programme.
We support 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 programme itself. With the skills they learn at AND-Clothes they are also able to move into paid employment opportunities elsewhere if they choose to do so.
Art and creativity plays a big part in AND-Clothes and is an effective way to improve wellbeing. Being creative is proven to improve mental health by reducing anxiety and stress, increasing a sense of acheivement and purpose, improving mood and relaxation. Using art is also a fantastic way to find a common ground, form friendships and a community and thus build robust mental health.