What is Employment and Personal Development?
Mencap have been supporting people with a learning disability to find and keep jobs in Northern Ireland for 25 years.
We can help you to think about what types of work you might like to do and then set up a work placement for you to learn how to do this job. We will work with you to create a plan that says what you want to achieve, how long this will take and what support you will need.
We will give you as much support as you need during your placement and will work very closely with the employer providing the placement and with your family and support network. We will call out to see you and the employer frequently throughout your placement, helping you to sort out any issues or problems along the way.
We will also set up a number of reviews for you throughout the year, to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals, and to make any changes to your plan if needed.
Mencap helped me get the job in Assisi Animal Sanctuary when I was doing nothing.
I am growing as a person and growing my skills for work, I’m doing better as time goes on.
How can we support you?
Mencap’s employment & personal development services support people with a learning disability in different ways. The best programme for you could depend on different things such as your age, where you live, or how ready you are to get a job. The main programmes you could take part in are:
Mencap staff can support school leavers by working with them in groups, or through work experience placements. We work closely with schools to help young people to think about their career choices and further education needs. Mencap is funded to deliver transition services in some areas, including the Northern and Southern areas of Northern Ireland.
EmployAbility helps people with a learning disability across Northern Ireland to develop their work skills and confidence, to look for a job they enjoy, and to be more included in their local community. The project also works closely with employers, families and others to ensure trainees are supported to achieve their goals. It is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Department for the Economy (DfE), as well as by Department for Communities (DfC), 5 Health & Social Care Trusts, and 2 further education colleges.
Mencap delivers Workable across Northern Ireland through the Supported Employment Solutions (SES) partnership. We support people with a learning disability to keep a paid job for 10 hours or more per week, to do the best they can in that job and to become more independent in their work.
Other ways we can support you
We help employers to better understand learning disability, so they can give you the support you need and make sure you're included with the other people who work there.
If you want to get a paid job, either with your placement provider or with a different employer, we can help you get this and, if it is for 10 hours or more each week, we can continue to support you if you wish. If you wish to do something else, such as go to college or take up voluntary work, we can help you make arrangements for this.
We can also support people with a learning disability who may not want to get a job.This is a very new type of service, called Lifestyle Support, which can help you to other activities in the community.
This is available in certain areas where we are funded to do this.
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