At Hampshire Golf Club, Andover Mencap launched Workzone. At the back are Joanne Cherrill and Philippa White, who work under the scheme at Andover Nursing Home. Sitting next to the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Tony Hope, is Phil Friend, one of the UK’s foremost consultants on disability matters. On the Mayor's other side is his wife Janet, the Mayoress. To the right in Elizabeth Hall, MBE - trustee and Hon Vice President of Andover Mencap.
The picture was taken by Alastair Scales who works as a groundsman at Andover Cricket Club under the scheme.
Work Zone is Andover Mencap ‘s innovative new training and supported employment service for adults living in Andover who have a severe learning disability.
Work Zone will actively help interested companies identify employment opportunities within their businesses for people with a learning disability. It will also assess each potential employee’s capabilities and readiness for work. It will help clients understand and work through the process of applying for a suitable job - and consider how many hours each individual may be capable of working each week (typically between 3 and 15).
It will supply, if necessary, a job trainer (trained support worker) to work with the client at first (and in some cases, indefinitely), to provide on-the-job training.
“I very much hope the many employers who came to the launch will see if they can join the scheme. Those with learning disability have a right to work; and the community can benefit from tapping their energy, talents and enthusiasm. But we need a project like this to bring the two together.”