Disabled work service set for funding boost

Councillors will today consider plans to extend a service which helps people with learning disabilities into paid work.

The i-work team, which is run by Nottinghamshire County Council, matches local employers with people with learning disabilities who are looking for work. A dedicated worker from the team learns the job themselves and will then spend the time needed to train and support a person with learning disabilities. They will also provide ongoing support to ensure the arrangement works well.

The i-work team was set up in 2008 with three year’s funding. The proposal is to invest just over £200,000 in extending the team for another two years and will be taken to the Adult Social Care and Health Committee today.

Coun Kevin Rostance, chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “This service has demonstrated that it can successfully support people with disabilities into meaningful paid work, which is our ultimate aim. The staff do an excellent job in learning a range of roles which they can then teach to people with learning disabilities at a pace which suits them.”

The i-work team works with a range of local employers including Argos, Next, M&S, Costa, Wetherspoons, Co-op, Nottingham City Hospital, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.