We're celebrating Learning Disability Week and this year, the theme is all about busting the myths about living life with a learning disability. The week, organised by Mencap, is celebrating the incredible things that people with a learning disability achieve, "smashing misconceptions and shining a light on the stigma many still face every day". 

Charlie attends our Acorns Day Opportunities centre in Pembury, Kent where he takes part in a range of activities, including Employability sessions. Led by Megan Hollamby, the sessions support adults on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities into meaningful employment through a City and Guilds Skills for Working Life Qualification as well as practical job coaching people into meaningful employment. 

Charlie, was delighted to learn that he had passed his City and Guilds Skills for Working Life qualification recently. We asked him what he thought about doing the course and achieving this qualification. He said:

“It was fun doing my City and Guilds Skills for Working Life qualification. It was exciting. It was very good and nice to do. I learnt to talk to employers, and I learnt about getting a job. I learnt new skills and I was very good at preparing food for other people in the kitchen.” 

Megan said: 

“I supported Charlie to achieve his City and Guilds Skills for Working Life Qualification. Charlie would love a job at the cinema so Charlie has been developing his hospitality and customer service skills. I supported Charlie with creating his CV and attending interviews.”

Find out more about our Employability Sessions here.