Invest for children is sponsoring the “Wrap Around Programme” at Team Domenica in Brighton, which offers support to candidates who are in paid work. It also offers guidance around career progression, and is a source of advice for employees.
There are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK and almost 95% are unemployed. Far too many are missing out on the basic right to aspire to a career, along with the wider social networks, better emotional and physical health, and increased independence that comes from having a job. They share the same aspirations as everyone else and they want nothing more than the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential.
At Team Domenica, they strongly believe that young people with learning disabilities have the right to work, to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, to have their individual gifts and talents recognised, and to feel included as valued members of society.
Based in central Brighton & Hove, and launched by the actress Julie Walters in September 2016, they operate through a unique three-tier set-up of Training Centre, Training Café (Café Domenica) and Employment Centre. Through this they provide employment programmes to young people with a wide range of ability, referred to as their ‘candidates’ to more accurately reflect and emphasise their role as people ready for employment.