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Toucan Pop-Up Wrapping Project

by Toucan Employment in London, England, United Kingdom

Toucan Pop-Up Wrapping Project

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Post-pandemic it is even harder for people with learning disabilities to enter employment, so we want to set up a pop-up shop to assist

by Toucan Employment in London, England, United Kingdom

Toucan Employment is the UK’s longest-running supported employment charity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities; we aim to reduce the social exclusion of our clients from the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Brent,  by aiding them to find and retain employment. Our service is tailored to meet both the needs of the job-seeker and the employer by offering full support during the whole of the recruitment process; we work with employers to set up/find jobs that are suited to our clients’ abilities and interests and offer on-the-job support and job coaching to meet the needs of our clients and their employers, as required.

           Since Toucan Employment was established in 1989 we have worked with hundreds of individuals and employers to promote the inclusion of disability in the workplace. In the last 10 years we have supported well over 550 people with learning difficulties and disabilities into paid employment with employers including all the major supermarkets, London hotels and museums, the Houses of Parliament, and many more smaller employers. Toucan Employment works with some of most marginalised people in the job market - people who would often otherwise just be left in the mire of day centres, where there is a self-perpetuating circle of disinterest and meaningless activities. 

           We have a number of distinct projects to support clients into, and at employment (an allotment, and projects for NEETs, vulnerable adults, and for first work experience placements for students from special schools/colleges, amongst others).

           People with learning difficulties and disabilities only have an employment rate of between 5-15% nationally (Valuing Employment Now), and the boroughs we work in have aggregated unemployment rates of roughly 10.8% (Economic Development Bulletins), meaning that people with learning difficulties and disabilities in these boroughs have very low levels of employment. No other supported employment charity works with this client group with the same level of success as Toucan Employment does – last year we worked with more than 296 clients across the projects, and of these 296, 204 were in some form of work. Additionally, to this Toucan Employment works in a truly holistic manner – we pick up and address a whole range of issues (benefits, housing, tax issues) which, if not dealt with, would seriously impact on clients’ ability to enter and sustain employment. In a recent analysis of our work in Southwark showed we had 65 clients who had been in work for more than 5 years, including 31 who had been in work for more than 10 years.

           Toucan Employment has a small management team – Alex Margolies is the CEO, and has responsibility (along with the trustees) for fundraising, management, project development, and future planning. He works closely with the Company Secretary, who is also the Finance Officer, to ensure that all statutory and regulatory requirements (company and charity law, etc) are all met.

         The Pop-Up Wrapping Shop is a new project we are looking to establish. It would give Toucan the opportunity to train, offer work experience, and employment opportunities for clients, in a setting that is semi-protected, and appropriate for the present difficulties.

      The skills clients would learn will benefit them greatly in further employment, as well as offering them positive activities to improve their mood and mental well-being.

      The Pop-Up Wrapping Service  would compliment the existing and new services we are running in London.

The intended outcomes are:
- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have improved vocational skills;
- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have improved employability skills; and
- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have improved social skills.

The intended outputs are:
- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have training opportunities;

- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have volunteering  opportunities; and


.- vulnerable people with learning difficulties/disabilities and autism to have employment opportunities;

           The estimated net benefit to local and national government of clients with learning difficulties/disabilities moving into work is estimated at between £7,000 and £18,000 per year, in terms of reduced use of day services, support services, etc.

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