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Published Tuesday, 8th December 2015

Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions, celebrated International Day of Disabled People at Waterloo.

Cake cutting at Remploy waterloo branch to celebrate

Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions, today (3 December) celebrated International Day of Disabled People and passing the milestone of supporting 100,000 people into work since 2010.

Celebrations were held in more than 60 Remploy branches and offices across the country.

At Remploy Waterloo in London, the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson made a presentation to Eliese Bull, aged 34, who is the 2,000th disabled person supported by Remploy into employment through its with Marks & Spencer. Eliese was out of work for two years and had anxiety and depression following the birth of her daughter.

Beth Carruthers, Remploy Chief Executive, said:IDDP is a day to celebrate the
talents and achievements of disabled people around the world.  It promotes ability and showcases what is possible in order to break down barriers through increased understanding. 

“IDDP is also an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to do more to create an inclusive society and workplaces that truly benefit from the ability of all. We are immensely proud of having supported 100,000 people into life-changing employment.

“Achieving this remarkable milestone is testament to the strong relationships we have with employers large and small, who recognise the business benefits of employing disabled people.

“But we all agree there is still so much more to do,” Mrs Carruthers said.

Referring to the Government’s Disability Confident campaign, Justin Tomlinson said: “We have to make businesses confident enough to introduce them to organisations like Remploy. We can provide the support to employers if they make the investment and they will find that it makes good business sense.

“Our commitment, personally from the Prime Minister, is that we will halve the disability employment gap and that means improving the lives of a million people.”

Tanith Dodge, HR Director at M&S said:  “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone moment with Remploy.  Through Marks & Start and the Direct Hire Recruitment Process, we hope to give individuals just like Eliese the opportunity that can be the turning point they need to change their lives for the better. We know the scheme also motivates and engages our existing employees, creates new development opportunities and builds a real sense of pride within our teams”.

ENDS

Picture caption: Eliese Bull, the 2000th candidate to be supported by Remploy into work with Marks & Spencer since 2010, with Justine Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People.

For further information ring:

David Felton 07803 214682

Debbie Richardson 07977 436079

pressoffice@remploy.co.uk

www.remploy.co.uk

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, BT, City FM, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • On 12 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.