Local charity Timesavers set up by a group of parents in 2010 have been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, for sessional workers, travel and office materials.
Edward McCarthy Trustee and Secretary of Timesavers, said: “I am very grateful to receive further funding from the Lottery for the charity, which was set up by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of paid jobs or work experience placements in administration for people with moderate learning difficulties in West Lancashire. Recent Government figures show that in England only 6% of people who have a learning disability are in employment which the Minister for the Disabled said was “unacceptable’. “
Edward added “Our charity aims to help overcome barriers to their employability by supporting them to gain further skills and work experience in all aspects of office work such as using computers, photocopying, filing and improving their communication skills.I hope that any employer reading this article will come to our assistance by providing unpaid office work experience for one of our clients for just a few hours per week. Your help would be very much appreciated. If any local companies can help then please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org”