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SHAW TRUST AND REMPLOY'S BEST VALUE SERVICE WILL ENABLE MORE DISABLED PEOPLE INTO WORK

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Two of the UK's top agencies for creating work opportunities for severely disabled people, Shaw Trust and Remploy, ...
Two of the UK's top agencies for creating work opportunities for severely disabled people, Shaw Trust and Remploy, have joined forces to provide a seamless service to help health and local authorities meet government requirements for Welfare to Work provision.

In particular, the Shaw Trust/Remploy partnership will enable health, social and other public sector services find a best-value solution to enable disabled people to progress from sheltered environments into supported employment within the community.

The partnership aims to benefit the most severely disabled people, including those with problematic behaviour and learning difficulties, who are receiving support in local authority day care centres or as long-stay hospital patients. It will also target young people in special schools and those on incapacity benefits.

Ian Charlesworth, Shaw Trust's managing director explains: 'It's a complete, best-value solution for hard-pressed health and local authorities. Above all it opens the door to real career opportunities for thousands of severely disabled people.'

Says Remploy employment development general manager Stuart Knowles: 'Our aim is to get more disabled people into real and sustainable jobs by providing appropriate support based on individual requirements. Local authority social services have done valuable work in the past in providing day-care and employment in sheltered workshops: but they, like us, have to change their focus.

'Whenever possible, day centres should be seen as transitional points of support for progression into employment and social participation. Remploy and Shaw Trust have made that change and together we have the experience, expertise and resources to help others make it as well.'

Health and local authorities will be invited to join the partnership to develop joint investment plans based on realising client potential through person centred action planning. Shaw Trust and Remploy will provide vocational and life skills training, as well as assessments, job matching, work trials and work placements.

Using an already extensive network of contacts with other employers, they will facilitate recruitment into real jobs and provide ongoing job coaching and mentoring in the workplace. They will also increase their current programme of awareness raising and training amongst prospective employers, to increase the range of work opportunities for disabled people.

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Shaw Trust is the UK's leading charity providing disabled and disadvantaged people with a route to work. Shaw Trust helps over 10,000 people a year through rehabilitation, advice, training, job finding, social firms and supported employment.

Remploy is the UK's largest employer of severely disabled people with 87 operational units employing over 10,000 disabled people, as well as 4,000 more in supported placements with host companies through the Interwork scheme. Remploy's turnover last year was£165m

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