The Grange is a charity providing housing and services for people with disabilities on its beautiful eight acre site in Bookham and nearby. We also deliver a wide programme of training and social activities designed to teach skills for life and work.
In addition, our dedicated “Learn to Earn” programme aims to prepare people we support for the workplace. This builds on their abilities and removes the barriers they face in their quest for work. Sessions explore how to dress and communicate in the office, interview techniques, writing a CV, and how to apply for a job. We also offer the opportunity to have in-house work experience in one of our mini-businesses, developing confidence in serving customers, fulfilling orders, dealing with payments and so on.
Only 6% of adults with a learning disability will ever have a paid job, according to the national charity Mencap. Yet, with the right support, people with a learning disability are valued and dedicated employees. A positive work experience placement could be the first step towards getting a job that could change their lives – and improve your own team’s morale in the process.
Jamie is a tour guide at the National Trust estate at Polesden Lacey. He has been volunteering in the visitor experience team for 14 years. He is highly skilled in meeting and greeting, and is a valued and important member of the team. When Jamie returned to his volunteering role after the pandemic, Sally Howes, Visitor Welcome Manager, said: “It was so nice to see Jamie back in his volunteering role once again, and you will see Jamie on a Friday morning greeting our visitors with a cheery smile”.
Jamie comments: “I love working in a team and being of service. I feel a sense of belonging: my social skills and confidence have grown.
We are always looking for organisations able to offer workplace opportunities. Having someone with a learning disability on your team can help boost staff morale, increase diversity in the workplace and help your company to maintain a positive reputation for corporate social responsibility. If you would like to find out more information please contact The Grange at email@example.com
by Diana Davies
The Grange Centre, Bookham