In partnership with Stockport based social enterprise Pure Innovations, PossAbilities will deliver a three year contract aimed at getting more people with learning disabilities and mental health diagnoses into real paid jobs.
The three year contract, worth £1.3 million, will see the partners working across the local authority areas of Bury; Oldham; Rochdale; Stockport and Tameside.
Funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the contract represents a step-change in the drive to support people with disabilities into work. Over the three years the target is to get 167 people with learning disabilities and 381 people with mental health diagnoses into paid work, that is jobs that offer at least 18 hours per week.
PossAbilities Chief Executive Rachel Law said “We are delighted to be working with our partners Pure Innovations and to be spreading our collective expertise across five Greater Manchester boroughs. The targets are challenging, but we are up for the challenge. People with disabilities have so much to offer in the world of work when they are properly supported and we look forward to seeing more people becoming increasingly independent and making a great contribution for their future employers”.