Real Jobs Falkirk provides a vital life-line for young people in Falkirk with learning disabilities by helping them into work.
Due to local government cuts, Real Jobs Falkirk, part of The Action Group charity has lost its funding and it is sending out an impassioned plea to help raise the £48,000 needed to keep its doors open.
Without the required funding, this vital service with its dedicated staff who provide a tailored, individual service for each young person helping them into work, will have to close in March 2020.
Get involved and show your support and discover more about our work below.
Over the last 10 years, Real Jobs Falkirk has helped 183 young people with learning disabilities, autism or other long-term health conditions from Carrongrange Special Education School and the surrounding Falkirk area gain the skills, confidence and independence required to join the working world.
41 of those people have successfully been supported into paid employment on the same terms and conditions as the rest of the population. The others have obtained vital volunteering opportunities, work placements, been supported to get into college or another positive destination to make them work ready.
Did you know, only 7% of people with a learning disability in Scotland currently work? Compared to 75% of the rest of the population. This is way too low.
The Real Jobs Falkirk Appeal has been launched to help raise funds to keep this vital service in Falkirk, and to continue to provide this invaluable service for the community.
Please share the appeal, help us keep our doors open and #increasethe7percent and #realjobsfalkirkappeal
Meet some of the people who Real Jobs Falkirk’s work has helped…
Grant Waplington was diagnosed as being Autistic at an early age. When Grant left school he joined RJF and wanted a work placement as soon as possible but he did not know what kind of placement he wanted. Grant comes across as a very serious person, with a dry sense of humour. He can also be abrupt sometimes and did not make eye contact very often. He felt that because he was different he would be unable to get employment.
Mhairi Conn started working with Real Jobs Falkirk about 2 years ago. During her last year at school she attended Muiravonside Café one day per week, as a school placement, to gain some work experience. She had supported assistance
from the school.
Lewis Kellett is a young man with Autism, a learning disability and anxiety. He is very quiet by nature and finds it difficult to initiate or get involved in conversation with others. Lewis is a very able, fit and healthy young man who works hard to achieve the highest standard in everything he does. He has achieved gold medal awards for swimming and the top award in the Boys Brigade.