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Bromley Mencap receives funding to help young disabled people find work

PUBLISHED: 09:25 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 08 November 2018

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A Bromley charity has received a £141,000 grant to provide specialist job training to help young disabled people find work in the borough.

Bromley Mencap received the money from City Bridge Trust for the new hands-on training project.

The funding will pay for three specialist job trainers to deliver work experience, volunteering opportunities and training for 81 young people in horticulture, catering and bike recycling.

The programme will be run through a social enterprise located in a recently renovated derelict building on the edge of Norman Park.

Trainees will gain qualifications to enhance their independence and life chances.

Eddie Lynch, chief executive of Bromley Mencap, said: “This grant will help us to expand our range of award-winning training and employment programmes within the London Borough of Bromley.

“The trainers will deliver structured courses in catering, horticulture and bike recycling through an accessible learning environment in our new community hub.”

Alison Gowman, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “This project will support young unemployed disabled people with new skills, give them a kickstart into a career and help them into employment.

“Work experience and training are vital to giving young people the confidence they need to find the right job.

“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live.”

Bromley Mencap is a user-led independent charity working with and on behalf of disabled people.

Its mission is to promote the well-being and development of disabled people of all ages, in all areas of their lives, and to support their families.

Working in partnership with leading disability charities, City Bridge Trust will pay for work experience, personalised support for young disabled people looking for jobs, advice on employment rights, role coaching and a new online training resource for job seekers.

The trust has awarded around 7,900 grants totalling over £380 million since it first began in 1995.

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