Today, Leonard Cheshire Cymru and Scope are proud to launch their partnership programme, Working on Wellbeing: an employment training and support programme for disabled people in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The programme has been funded with a grant provided by Welsh Government.

Programme co-ordinators Charlotte Aitken and Rebecca Bolton said: “We are excited to be starting a new challenge in West Wales and cannot wait to start making differences to other peoples’ lives.”

The programme is open to anyone who is aged 16 or over, unemployed and has a physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty, autism or mental health disability. It will provide employment advice and support, with the programme tailored around meetings individuals’ needs and career goals. 

Glyn Meredith, Director for Wales, Leonard Cheshire said “We are really pleased to be working with Scope to deliver this much needed bespoke employment and support programme – we know this programme will change lives and make a real difference to disabled people in Wales”.

The programme aims to help participants understand their career goals, grow in confidence, and gain assertiveness and independence. Participants will be supported to develop CVs, interview skills and identify and apply for volunteering, training or employment opportunities. They will have opportunity to talk about their experiences of disability in the workplace in an informal fashion, with specialist employment advisers who can discuss the support they need, and potentially group training sessions.

Paul Benson, Partnerships Programme Lead Scope said “Scope and Leonard Cheshire Disability are collaborating in bringing their expertise and experience together to improve the employment prospects of disabled people in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire through the Working on Wellbeing programme funded by the Welsh Government.”

Using their joint experience and expertise, Scope and Leonard Cheshire will deliver significantly improved emotional wellbeing for disabled people in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire by supporting them to develop new skills and confidence through specialised employment support. Through the support provided by Leonard Cheshire and Scope, disabled people will have enhanced economic wellbeing and independence by moving closer to and into meaningful employment”

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