The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, has officially opened a new community hub in Swansea city centre, dedicated to helping people with disabilities and those with health conditions.
The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, has officially opened a new community hub in Swansea city centre, dedicated to helping people with disabilities and those with health conditions find sustainable employment and get social, financial and emotional support.
The Minister recently opened the new hub which is hosted by Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist disability employment, and it will house a range of organisations to provide a ‘one-stop’ shop to help local people with a disability and health conditions access vital support and employment opportunities.
Organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, Sands Cymru (a charity aimed at reducing drug and alcohol harm), Christians Against Poverty, Mind Cymru and Hafal Cymru (supporting those with serious mental illness), will all use the hub and provide advice and support for those in the local community with disabilities and health conditions.
Julie James said: “It is my privilege and pleasure to be able to open the community hub for Swansea which is already bringing so many people together. The hub is a great example of collaboration between Remploy, employers and the people they are looking to recruit.
“As a government we are committed to helping even more people in Wales to access jobs and training opportunities and ensure individuals and employers receive the right level of support to enable them to maximise their talents. This new Remploy community hub epitomises exactly what we’re trying to do in Wales to help people get the best out of work and training opportunities.”
Remploy Cymru has supported more than 14,000 disabled and disadvantaged people into life changing employment across the whole of Wales over the last four years. Kelly Beard, Community Hub Manager for Remploy in Swansea, said: “I am really excited and proud that we are launching the community hub, the first of its kind for Remploy anywhere in the UK.
“This Hub aims to make a very real and meaningful difference for disabled people and others living within our local community”, continues Kelly. “To have so many external partners already committed to working with the hub shows the need to have this range of support available under one roof, making access to services much easier and breaking down barriers for disabled people looking for sustainable employment, skills or training to further their careers.”
More than 50 people attended the launch event to celebrate the new community hub, which is based at the Remploy branch on Alexandra Road and is open to anyone with a disability and health condition seeking employment.
Kelly added: “Not only will our disabled customers be able to access an integrated range of support services from our partners, but our vision is also to encourage a regular employer presence too and open up more genuine paid employment opportunities. I feel very privileged to be leading a facility that will be offering such a wide range of support for the people of Swansea and look forward to seeing them progress to achieve their goals. I hope the success of this hub will be replicated in other communities all across Wales.”
Picture caption: Julie with Remploy staff and employers
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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 has found more than 100,000 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
In March 2015, Remploy entered into 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 and on 7 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in the joint venture in which Remploy employees have a 30% stake.