Support Us : The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to supporting workplace success for people with Down’s syndrome. The Trustees were inspired to work with us to turn the ‘supported employment’ concept on its head; train employers and support the Down’s syndrome specific learning profile.

The Trust’s investment secured the role of our Employment Development Officer; allowing us to realise our strategy – reach out to our regional support groups and colleges; hosting employment surgeries, train employers and promote a new web based ‘Employment Toolkit’.

During the recent 12 month period, WorkFit has engaged with 42 employers, trained 18 new employers, screened 156 prospective jobseekers and offered 24 placements across England and Wales. Registered employers include Donna Karen, Travelodge, Marks & Spemcer and Cardiff University.

We are incredibly excited about the results we can achieve with Workfit’s innovative approach to employment for individuals with DS.  We hope that the Trust’s pioneering interest will inspire additional funding partners to secure the balance required to attain a suitable, supported employment solution for many more people with Down’s syndrome.

We continue to seek funding to support this ground breaking project. If you are a Trustee of a Charitable Trust or Foundation and would like to find out more about how you can be part of workplace success for people with Down’s syndrome, please contact Sharon on 0333 121 2300 or via email at sharon.gordon-roberts@downs-syndrome.org.uk

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