On Saturday 17th September AdaptNI celebrated the launch of the new Northern Ireland Organisation, established to ensure the continuation of Specialist employment support for the Deaf hearing loss and Tinnitus communities.
With a combined 32 years' experience, Alex and Laura were determined to ensure this invaluable support continued. AdaptNI has been supporting people from 1st July 2022, just one day after the closure of their previous employer's service.
Currently AdaptNI offer WorkableNI as part of the SES (Supported Employment Solutions) The consortium delivers the Workable NI Programme, funded by Department for Communities. In delivering Workable NI, each of the partner organisations' offer specialist, tailored support to both disabled individuals and their employers, covering all areas, better together!
The AdaptNI team are actively seeking further funding to reinstate other essential services recently closed.
Laura said, “Saturday was an opportunity to launch AdaptNI with the current Workable Clients registered and our Advisory Board. Each month we coordinate a peer support session for clients registered with AdaptNI, peer support is an invaluable support mechanism where people with lived experience can discuss current barriers and achievements, helping each other. We had a local artist, Moyra Blaney, join us for Mindful Art and communication support, both interpreters and note takers. We are incredibly grateful to the Big Lottery Community Fund, who funded our launch.”
The launch was highly successful and the finished pieces, artistic masterpieces! All who attended enjoyed information chats, catch ups and lovely food at the Lansdowne hotel, Antrim Road, Belfast.
Alex added, “Saturday was a great opportunity for everyone to get together after a busy summer of setting up AdaptNI. To have the peer support alongside the launch is what AdaptNI is all about, working to support and with the communities we exist to help. It was great to see the group catching up, in person, enjoying some food together and plans for the next meet up are already underway.”
Registration for the WorkableNI programme is ongoing. Would you like to learn more? If you’re a disabled person who is keen to explore the support available, or an employer who would like to understand more information on the Workable NI Programme or how to recruit and retain disabled staff; contact the SES team email@example.com or the AdaptNI team firstname.lastname@example.org
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AdaptNI CIC established on 1.7.22 www.adaptni.org.uk
The Workable Programme is delivered by seven disability organisations working together through the Supported Employment Solutions (SES) partnership. SES delivers programmes to assist people with disabilities and health conditions to enter and stay in employment. The Workable Programme is funded by the Department for Communities.