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.   

Clifford

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.

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.

Contact Mencap Northern Ireland

For more information get in touch with your nearest Mencap office, we're here for you.

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