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During the spring the Reachout team have been working alongside Mencap (Liverpool and Sefton) to develop a programme of support for their members to improve their skills and ultimately find meaningful work. 

Mencap have a long and successful history of helping people with learning disabilities to access specialist support and help their members develop the essential skills and confidence to thrive and feel equal in society.  

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As a result, we are excited to announce that the St. Antony's Centre team will be starting a programme of workshops over 5 weeks with a cohort of Mencap members in Liverpool starting in the summer. This will then be followed by a 20-week programme of accredited Maths and English where learners will achieve a full accredited national qualification. 

Dave Flanagan Senior Project worker said:

"This is a really exciting opportunity and I know the team are looking forward to supporting the Mencap members and working alongside their staff and volunteers. St Antony's Centre have a long history of supporting adults with learning disabilities. Coupled with the expertise at Mencap we know we will be able to provide a truly engaging and positive experience for their members as we work to empower them to live fulfilling and independent lives in the future, both in their own communities and the workplace.   

There are still significant barriers for people with learning difficulties in accessing employment opportunities and in addition to the practical hands-on support St. Antony's can offer we give our full support to Mencap to bring about their vision in addressing the barriers faced by people with learning disabilities, including: 

    • access to good quality support to get and maintain employment; 
    • support to build confidence and skills; 
    • employer's attitudes;
    • and a lack of understanding as to what people with a learning disability can do with the right support."

To keep up to date on the Centre's partnership with Mencap follow the links below:

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