REALISE FUTURES SECURES CONTRACT TO SUPPORT ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES ACROSS ESSEX
Press release: Thursday 16 April, 2015 - Social enterprise Realise Futures will provide supported employment services for adults with disabilities in Essex.
Essex County Council has awarded the three-year contract to Realise Futures, an award-winning Suffolk social enterprise which specialises in creating opportunities for people who are disabled and disadvantaged in learning and work.
Its team of skilled and experienced employment specialists will support people to develop a vocational action plan, and help them to gain or retain employment - supporting their employers throughout the process.
The service includes help with skills and training, including mainstream education in order to build people's confidence to allow them to progress to paid employment.
It will run across the 12 Essex districts of Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring and Uttlesford. Referrals are made through social work teams across the county.
Realise Futures is a community interest company employing around 400 people, 40% of whom are disabled or disadvantaged. It specialises in learning and development, careers advice, and skills and training for employees and employers.
It helps around 95,000 across the Eastern region every year with careers advice and 8,000 people in Suffolk, including 2,000 people under the age of 24, access community learning.
Realise Futures' Director of Employment and Business Development, Jenny Brick, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won this new opportunity and to be able to extend the reach of our supported employment services into Essex.
"Realise Futures is passionate about developing the potential of disabled people, a fact that is reflected by the percentage of our own workforce who are disabled. We look forward to working with new customers, their parents/carers, Essex County Council and employers across the county."