Islington is working – James’ story

  • 24
  • Mar
The 2014 Employment Commission highlighted the positive contribution that employers can make to their local area and the very real business benefits on offer for employers that recruit locally.

Many Islington residents struggle to find work because they need a more flexible work schedule or need some adjustments to recruiting processes and job roles to be able to showcase their talent.

James has a learning disability and spent a number of years as the primary carer for his mother. He lacked confidence in his abilities because he had little work experience and had struggled with job applications before.

Nationally, only 6% of people living with leanring disabilities are in employment.

After the death of his mother, James was introduced to the Community Access Project (CAP), that helps Islington residents living with learning disabilities to find work and training.

CAP secured a place for James on an innovative pilot project set up by the council’s iWork employment support team and the local NHS Foundation to split full-time NHS jobs into part-time job share roles to make them more accessible for residents.

James was helped to apply for a job as a health care assistant and the recruitment process was adjusted to take his abilities into account. He is now working part-time as a health care assistant at Stacey Street Nursing Home where he is really enjoying the job.

“I absolutely love it,” he says. “The team are incredibly supportive and I enjoy working with the residents. It gives me a real purpose. I even enjoy setting my alarm to get up at 6.30 in the morning!”

If you or someone you know needs some support to get into employment contact the council’s iWork team online or call 0207 527 2706.

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