BLOG: Celebrating People with Learning Disabilities in Employment by Miranda Keast

MirandaA BLOG by Miranda Keast, New Business Development Manager at Grace Eyre.

Celebrating People with Learning Disabilities in Employment

“I’ve learned lots of communication skills, and got confidence in helping people if they need help, and lots of work skills” – this is what just one of the people with learning disabilities who is supported by Grace Eyre Foundation says about his experience of having a job.

This week is Learning Disability Week and the theme is employment; at Grace Eyre, we’ve been speaking to people with learning disabilities to find out what type of work they do, and what they enjoy about it.

We are proud that the people we support work in a variety of workplaces, including local charities and national retailers, and carry out roles from reception, to customer services, delivering training and cleaning.

Grace EyreOther things that people have told us about their jobs include that they love meeting people, keeping things clean and tidy, and one lucky person stated that they like everything about their job!

Grace Eyre’s vision is for a society where people with learning disabilities are respected as equal citizens, are part of and contribute to their communities, and where people can fulfill their dreams and wishes. To fulfill this vision, we run a range of activities to help people develop employment skills. If you want to see one of our projects in action, head down to our Open Studio in Brighton’s Open Market on London Road where we will soon be opening a new art exhibition! This is a great collaboration between a local artist and people with learning disabilities and we’d love to see you there!

We will be there on the following dates, from 11.30am-2pm: 29 and 30 June, 6, 7, 13 and 14 July.

Grace Eyre Studio, Unit 2, Marshall’s Row at Brighton’s Open Market on London Road.