The coffers of a charity which supports young people with disabilities has had a £750 boost thanks to a donation by staff at the Stirling branch of Remploy.
The donation to PLUS was made by the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust which acts on behalf of employees who own 30% of the company. The Trust this year received a 30% share of the company’s profits, half of which has been allocated to local good causes.
The Remploy team in Stirling received a £750 allocation for a charity of their choice. The cheque was presented to Lesley-Anne Livesey, Deputy Chief Executive of PLUS and, Terri Slorach, PLUS Manager of Children’s Services, at the charity’s centre based in Stirling on Friday (5 Aug).
Lesley-Anne said: “The money donated today by Remploy will help PLUS to provide more socially inclusive activities for children and give their parents and carers a break and will also help overall towards the running of the charity and the services we provide.
“This is a really lovely and unexpected gift and we really appreciate it. The donation made today also presents a huge opportunity to build a relationship between PLUS and Remploy Stirling.”
PLUS supports children and young people with disabilities across Forth Valley giving them access to social, leisure and recreational opportunities and activities. It currently supports more than 255 individuals with a range of disabilities including Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Global Learning Delay and other complex challenges.
Lorna Smith, Remploy Stirling Business Manager said: “We chose PLUS as we felt that their aim to provide better quality of life for children and young people with disabilities and their families across Forth Valley fits in well with our company mission to transform society and the lives of disabled people. It is a very worthy local charity in our local area and we are delighted to be able to support them”
Each of Remploy’s 66 local teams around Britain was allocated money from company profits to give to mission-related good causes and charities which work to help transform the lives of disabled people and those with health conditions..
Kathryn Wood, a trustee of the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust, said: “This year we expect to help over more than 100 local charities across Britain.”
Remploy, which used to be government-owned, moved into the private sector in April 2015 in a joint venture with MAXIMUS a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Remploy employees were gifted 30% of the joint venture company, a shareholding which is in the care of the Employee Benefit Trust.
Picture caption: L-R Terri Slorach, PLUS Manager of Children’s Services,
Lorna Smith Remploy Stirling Business Manager and Lesley-Anne Livesey,
Deputy Chief Executive of PLUS
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Notes to Editors:
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
- Since 2010, Remploy in Scotland has found almost 12,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS.
- Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
- It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service.