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Kisharon – putting work first

16 May 2019

Kisharon provides around 1,250 hours of work for adults with learning disabilities every month through its social enterprises and employment programme.

Work increases self-esteem and confidence, giving a purpose to the day. Those with jobs get involved in the community and meet new people while employers say taking on someone with learning disabilities enhances the working environment.

The figures emerged following a quarterly meeting of the Kisharon departments offering work opportunities.

Most working hours come from Kisharon’s employment programme, which secures jobs with local and central London employers and trains new recruits to travel to work independently. All employees are paid. The Bike Shop was the second biggest contributor with three paid full-timers and many others in every week for skills training.

Eytan Bordoley Bike Shop Manager, said: “The guys who come in to work clearly get a lot out of it. They are interested in learning and enjoy talking to customers. Clearly it makes a big difference to their lives.”

Childs Hill Library in Cricklewood provided almost 200 hours of work for adults with learning disabilities with Kisharon’s new Skills for Employment Centre, Kisharon’s hub for mailings, packaging and personalised labelling projects, offers almost 150 hours. Simon Shaw, Retail Development and Training Manager, said: “We have two or three sessions here every day from Monday to Thursday with between three and seven individuals and a support worker. If we are really busy we can run sessions simultaneously. The centre is taking off in a big way and everyone seems to love it. Feedback not only from the people working here, but also their support workers, has been superb.”

The remainder of the jobs came from Kisharon Design and Print and the Gift and Homeware Store, Equal.

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