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High Sheriff of Oxfordshire attends OxForward - Employment and Wellbeing Tea Party

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:37

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire attends OxForward - Employment and Wellbeing Tea Party

Oxfordshire's flagship Employment and Wellbeing Service held an Employability Day tea party on Friday 14th July at Wolvercote Young People's Club.

OxForward, Oxfordshire's leading Employment and Wellbeing Support Service for adults with a disability celebrated national Employability Day by hosting a community tea party.

The party was open to the local community and provided a great opportunity for local community groups and businesses to network. There was activities, competitions and entertainment including karaoke and prizes. Attendees included The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Jane Cranston, local dignitaries, employers, customers and support services who had the opportunity to hear first-hand from successful clients who have used the service.

Information about local jobs and volunteering opportunities and a free employability workshop was also available.

OxForward is commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council and delivered by national employment specialists Kennedy Scott, The Royal Mencap Society and Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity (OxSPA) who aim to enable primarily disabled users to fulfil their potential and improve their wellbeing through a wide range of uplifting and energising support programmes. The programme has supported more than 400 people so far and 73% of those that have entered work using the service have a learning disability.

UK Employability Day highlights the work of organisations which help jobseekers into work. Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), hundreds of employment support centres opened their doors across the UK to celebrate the day. OxForward based in Oxfordshire held a successful tea party with over 80 guests to celebrate the success of customers on the programme and the work of their local staff and partners, including employers.

Kennedy Scott CEO, Teresa Scott said: "OxForward is a truly life changing service, running across Oxfordshire, supporting individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential. The aim of the event was to highlight the success of our customers and the service so far, as well as spreading the word to reach even more people who could benefit from this kind of support."

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "OxForward really is an unsung service that deserves some limelight. They facilitate life altering changes for people who may not otherwise get such opportunities.

"What could be better than combining a summer's afternoon and some fun with learning more about what OxForward does on a day by day basis for people with disabilities in Oxfordshire?"

More details about OxForward are available online at http://www.kennedyscott.co.uk/oxforward.html.

Tags: Disability, Disability Sport, Disability Sports, Featured