City College Peterborough was proud to celebrate the Day Opportunities programme at an event held at the Industrial Hub, in Hampton, Peterborough.
The event raised awareness of the programme that supports adults with learning disabilities and autism, with a particular emphasis on encouraging Peterborough businesses to provide employment opportunities to the adults.
The invited guests and media heard from Pat Carrington MBE, Executive Principal; Julie Bennett, Vice Principal and Councillor John Holdich OBE, Leader of Peterborough City Council and Chair of Governors at City College Peterborough.
A video featuring those involved with the Day Opportunities was shown and is available to watch here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIH1DmOeBU0
Attendees were invited to make a pledge to how they could support Day Opportunities and take a tour of the Industrial Hub where supported adults work during the week on enterprises including making bags of kindling to sell and creating wooden handy crafts
Representatives from all other Day Opportunities Hubs – Kingfisher, City Centre and Employability – were present at the event, with food and refreshment provided by Royce Rolls.
Day Opportunities has worked with almost 50 employers in Peterborough over the last two years, securing 119 work placements during this period. The impact on the adults is considerable allowing them to grow confidence, independence and social skills.
BBC Look East filmed a feature on the Day Opportunities employability programme and visited two of the organisations where supported people are working – McDonalds in Queensgate, and Wood Green Charity Shop in Long Causeway.
The event was also covered by Peterborough Matters with an article online at https://www.peterboroughmatters.co.uk/local-news/job-opportunities-knock-for-peterborough-adults-with-learning-disabilities-1567
Julie Bennett said: “According to the charity Mencap, just six per cent of people with a learning disability are in employment in the UK.
“We know that getting a job, even if it’s for just a few hours each week, is cited as being a number one priority for many of the adults we support.
“If you are a Peterborough businesses or organisation who might be able to offer employment to the people we work with then we would love to hear from you.”
Contact City College Peterborough’s Day Opportunities programme via Leanne Yates on firstname.lastname@example.org