Finding a job that you enjoy can bring with it many benefits. As well as helping you to build your independence and self-esteem, working also gives you an opportunity to develop new skills, to make new friends and to work together with other people. Earning your own money can also be very rewarding.
Many parents have told Mencap that they would like their son or daughter to find a job, provided their employer was able to offer them the right help and support. A good place to start might be helping them to organise some work experience, or a volunteer placement. This will help your child get an idea of what kind of job they would like to do, what they enjoy and what they find difficult, as well as the kind of support they may need in the workplace.
I'd love my son to get a job. I have a dream that he'll work in one of the hotels in London. He loves dressing up, he loves talking to people.
Mencap runs two services to help people get into employment.
- Mencap Advance supports people with a learning disability develop the skills they need for the workplace, and offers training for specific careers.
- Mencap Pathway helps people with a learning disability find job opportunities, from work experience to part-time and full-time employment, and offers support in the workplace.
For more information on training at work and employment you can also contact Skill or find out about Mencap's volunteering opportunities for people with a learning disability.