Statement on the Work Programme
7 March 2012
Leonard Cheshire Disability has received a number of questions from supporters about our involvement with "Workfare" and the Work Programme.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is not a host employer for the Department of Work and Pensionsí Work Experience Programme, commonly referred to as "Workfare". We are, however, a member of Disability Works UK, a not-for-profit consortium of eight disability charities that have come together to provide tailored support to disabled people who want to return to work through the Work Programme.
Through Disability Works UK, we are involved in offering specialist employment-related support to people with disabilities, helping to improve their skills, boost their confidence and support them into sustainable paid employment.
We believe that well structured and meaningful work placements and volunteering opportunities are an excellent way to prepare people for paid work. All placements which are set up by Leonard Cheshire Disability are done so with the full agreement and involvement of our clients, as part of an individualís personalised package of support which aims to develop their skills and confidence.