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Shropshire Council’s Enable service scoops national award

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Shropshire Council’s Enable supported employment service is celebrating success after winning a national award for its work with a West Midlands local authority.

Enable, who provide employment support to people with disabilities and mental health needs, scooped the ‘Breaking Down Barriers Award’ at The Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards (England & Scotland) in Birmingham on 29 June 2018.

The team beat 11 other nominations in their category for their work with Wolverhampton’s Disability Employment Service, for their ongoing efforts to break down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

Over 750 people from the learning disabilities and autism sector attended the event which celebrates excellence across the sector and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

Categories represented all areas of the sector, from frontline staff such as support workers and managers to people who have made an impact in other ways through training, breaking down barriers and best autism practice.

Vicki Williams, Head of Enable Wolverhampton, said:

“There are no barriers in our thinking and we will work though, round and over challenged when we face them. This service goes above and beyond to enable the people it supports to live life to the full. Inspirational!”

Jonathan Allan, manager at Enable, added:

“I am absolutely delighted we have received this prestigious award. I would like to thank our Wolverhampton team for their dedication and hard work in enabling those who need the support, to find a job that is right for them. This award demonstrates the team’s commitment to make this happen.”

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing, also commented:

“This is great news for our Enable service. Employment is often vital for people with learning disabilities and autism in achieving increased independence and fulfillment in their lives. However, we understand that finding work can be a daunting and challenging task. I am very proud to see that our team have been recognised for their approach and commitment to help people with disabilities, to find long term, sustainable employment that suits their skills. Well done to everyone!”

For more information about The Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards (England & Scotland) visit https://www.nationalldawards.co.uk/

For information about Enable visit www.enableservices.co.uk, call 01743 276900 or email enable@shropshire.gov.uk  

Further information

Enable won Breaking Down Barriers category for their ongoing efforts to break down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

The team had originally been nominated for the award by Tom Denham, Head of Provider Services, ASC at Wolverhampton City Council.

About Enable

Enable provides supported employment and related services for people with all kinds of disabilities and health conditions.

This involves Enable’s employment staff providing intensive, individual support, rapid job search and paid employment opportunities, whilst Enable job coaches also provide time-unlimited in-work support for both the employee and the employer.