There are lots of different work opportunities for young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities.
Supported work environments enable young people and adults to develop skills such as time management, independence and the opportunity to learn new skills and experiences.
Brunswick Organic Nursery is a registered charity that provides supported work for adults who have learning disabilities.
Their aim is to put people with learning difficulties at the heart of all that they do. They hope to provide good experiences of purposeful, productive work opportunities to all their service users.
If you or someone you know in interested in gaining a place at Brunswick contact Helen and Maja- Workers Support Managers- on 01904 701869 or by completing the forms available to access on their website (or by clicking here)
From here Helen and Maja will invite you to Brunswick for a visit and for you to be able to see all of the different jobs available at Brunswick. Next, if you liked it, you will be asked to attend a taster day giving you the opportunity to try working at Brunswick and see which job you prefer. Then if you enjoyed your taster day, and there is space available, you will be offered a trail place. A trail place typically lasts 6 weeks but can be extended if you need it. However if there is no places at that given time within the job of your choice your details will be taken and you will be contacted when space becomes available.
From here if you have enjoyed the trail period and Brunswick think you are well suited to the job you will be offered a permanent place at Brunswick.
Brunswick covers a number of different areas including; crafts, community work, cooking, gardening, growing, shop work and woodwork.
They also have their social group called Chilli BON BON. This is a dance and drama group formed through Brunswick and its workers. They use sound, music, movement, film, dance, silence, tears and laughter to develop work. All of the skills developed through this helps the young people and adults to express and connect with others, actively participate in 'movements' embracing and encouraging change and develop new ways of expression.
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United response have lots of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the York area.
Krumbs is run by United Response and offer supported training in the City of York Council's staff Cafe West and Kitchen environment. Individuals learn on the job experience in a professional and real working environment. Skills learned include, time management, customer service and kitchen based skills.
Contact: Angela Bennett
United Response have a training centre and its skilled staff work towards the future employment of the people we support by developing the skills and knowledge they need for success.
This is busy cafe environment within the city council where people can learn new skills in a safe but fully working cafe environment. From making lattes to paninis, suing the till to prepare salads, every disabled person has the opportunity to develop their skills
United Response team up with local businesses in York to give disabled people the opportunity to get on the employment ladder. We offer year-long supported internships in the workplace for young people with learning disabilities ages 16-25.
They provide a job coaching service that can help you to find success in your chosen path. They training they offer covers everything from CV writing and job applications to interview techniques. They have helped people to secure paid work and voluntary positions in York Minster, Costa, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Fenwick, HMV and McDonalds, as well as a wide range of local businesses.
Independent travel can be a huge obstacle when looking for employment opportunities, Our travel training programme is entirely person centred and we work with you one-to-one on specific routes so you can achieve the independence to travel where you need to go
They provide bespoke one-to-one packages to suit people's needs and desired outcomes in their local community. Activities range from accessing training courses to health needs and appointments.
Yorkcraft is part of the City of York Council Work Choice Programme providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
You can use the service if you:
- have a disability and face barriers to finding and keeping employment
- long-term unemployment
- prepared to work for six months
To access this service you must contact Jobcentre Plus who would then refer you to Shaw Trust
There are a range of different job opportunities such as working in workshops, printing, packing, sorting etc...Yorkcraft also run a range of courses to help build skills needed for the work place.
They also have links with other public, private and voluntary organisations to arrange supported placements for jobs outside the factory
Contact: Richard Douglas