Remploy celebrates 75 years of helping disabled people find employment in Wales
Remploy is celebrating its 75th anniversary of helping disabled people in Wales find meaningful employment. The company, a leading provider of specialist employment and skills support for disabled people and those with health conditions, first began its work in Bridgend on 29 April 1946, employing a handful of people making violins.
Today, Remploy operates across all 22 local authorities in Wales with 13 offices and more than 60 outreach locations. It has helped nearly 30,000 disabled and disadvantaged people in Wales find employment over the past decade and has partnered with thousands of employers to create inclusive and productive workplace environments. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Remploy, now part of Maximus UK, has been a lifeline for the people it works with, offering regular check-in calls, food deliveries and ongoing remote employment and skills support to the people who needed it the most.
Hayley, 31, from Caldicot, Wales, is one of the people who has benefited from Remploy’s services. Dealing with anxiety and depression, Hayley, a single mother of two, joined the Work and Health Programme, delivered by Remploy in Wales, in 2019. Hayley had been volunteering with Women’s Aid but was struggling to find paid work.
With the support of Remploy, Hayley enrolled on to a Peer Mentoring course through the Cyfle Cymru Service, operated by Remploy’ Community Partnership Network member CAIS, which helps individuals develop confidence, as well as provides support for them to access training, qualifications and work experience. Hayley is now working as a support worker and has since completed her course.
Gareth Parry, CEO of Remploy, said: “Hayley is one of the thousands of people we have helped over the past year who experience complex barriers to work. We run a range of programmes in hundreds of delivery locations at the heart of the communities we serve.
“We are proud of our long and distinguished 75-year history of supporting people into work in Wales. While the way we operate has evolved, our focus remains helping people to transform their lives through sustainable work. We look forward to many more years of delivery across every part of Wales".