Did you know that only 6% of people with a learning disability are in employment? Many of our community members tell us they’d love to have a job, but finding the right training and work experience can be a stumbling block.
That’s why we’re delighted to be working with the Co-op on their Community Interns pilot scheme in Hertfordshire. Some of our community members are working several hours each week in Co-op stores, gaining skills that will support them in finding paid employment.
Claire from our St Albans Community has found an internship at a nearby Co-op branch. So far, she’s delighted with her new role.
“I’m loving it,” says Claire. “The staff have been really supportive and help me when I get stuck. Just this week the manager told me I’m working really well.”
Gaining skills and meeting people
Claire’s regular tasks so far have included dealing with deliveries and stacking shelves. But there’s other learning opportunities too, gaining confidence to deal with customers who ask where things are, and travelling to and from the store by public transport.
“The intern scheme is really helpful,” says Claire. “It keeps us busy, helps us gain skills, meet people and get out and about. It’s definitely been good for my wellbeing too.”
Find out more about the Coop Community Interns scheme with this short video
Camphill Village Trust and the Coop Community Fund
We’re delighted to have the support of the Co-op Community Fund. If you’re a Co-op customer, you can help raise funds for projects at Delrow, St Albans and Croft Communities every time you shop.