Remploy celebrate International Day of Disabled People
Around 30 Remploy branches held an events and activities to celebrate International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) on 3 December 2013.
It was a busy day, here are some of the highlights:
Remploy Bury ran a 1 ½ hour session with candidates hearing from local McDonalds restaurants about the jobs they can offer, with a number of candidates securing interviews. One McDonalds manager has now agreed to use Remploy’s services to recruit their staff after commenting on the professional service they had seen on the day.
Remploy Bradford celebrated IDDP with a mix of visitors; candidates, employers, Job Centre Plus and disability employment advisors. Everyone spoke about how “Disability Confident” they are and what it means to them. Key speakers on the day were Ian Dyer, disability employment advisor for Shipley, and previous candidate Rozia. She spoke about her journey with the branch and finding a job with Marks and Spencer after a work trial.
Remploy Bridgend joined Sainsbury’s to celebrate IDDP and their successful partnership. They also heard from colleagues who were supported by Remploy and spoke about their experience.
Remploy Bristol had an open morning with disability employment advisors running a training session for candidates complimented with lots of delicious cakes!
Remploy Cardiff kicked off the morning with some good news stories from Sainsbury's, training providers, and a counsellor who supports candidates. They ran a series of workshops focussing on customer skills, disability awareness and aims for the future. The day was rounded up with a song and DVD from a local school.
Two candidates at Remploy Dundee received their job start certificates to mark the team effort and hard work that resulted in Michael and Sarah finding employment.
Remploy Edinburgh held an awards ceremony to celebrate candidate and employer successes with a presentation, buffet and a piper playing the bag pipes!
Mike Penning, Minister for Disabled People paid his first visit to a Remploy branch today since being promoted to his new post. The minister (pictured above) met candidates, employers and heard from Pete Smith, head of uniformed services, about Remploy’s Armed Forces & Veterans service. He sat in on a job action group and saw for himself how the specialist support Remploy is providing is helping disabled and disadvantaged jobseekers.
Remploy London ran an open morning in their branch with a charity cake sale and each room had a disability specialism, from ‘blindfolded Jenga’ to ‘building structures’. It was a great session for all and very well received by candidates and the team as a whole.
Remploy Manchester ran a group session with jobseekers which focussed on how to present yourself in front of employers. Each candidate presented a 30 second pitch to the group on how they would do this, with prizes being awarded for the best one. After the session they went out in groups into Manchester City centre to hand out their CV's to employers and hopefully secure some interviews. It was a really productive day and helped improve the confidence of their candidates.
Remploy Neath invited non-disabled people to carry out tasks from a disabled point of view, which received coverage in the South Wales Evening Post.
Remploy Plymouth ran a core skills demonstration and had an open morning. Staff from the branch were interviewed on BBC Devon radio station speaking at length about disability and how it affects people in the workplace.
Remploy Rochdale delivered a mental health awareness session to share success, where candidates pledged a positive action with regards to finding employment. There were two guest speakers, tea and coffee meeting with hand outs and signposting to mental health support.
Remploy Swansea had a Christmas theme to their day and were joined by Swansea City Football legend Lee Trundle, employers and candidates. They held a general knowledge quiz, bingo, Wii competition, pinning the nose on the reindeer, an advent calendar with inspirational quotes from disabled people and a ‘Remploy’s got Talent’.
Wrexham & North Wales
Remploy Wrexham & North Wales ran a regional development day with candidates and employers.