There are 1.4 million people in the UK who have a learning disability, yet, just 6% are in paid employment. This is due to social stigma, lack of choice and a chronic shortage of opportunity, and lack of education and training for and about disabled young people.
My AFK work to break this cycle by providing education, training and supported employment to help young disabled people to negotiate the barriers they face.
This grant will cover the salary of an AFK job coach to manage and support external work placements at "Bikes For Good Causes", a community social enterprise.
It is a vital AFK employment partner, a bike shop that sells donated bikes and provides a full bicycle repair and maintenance service and also a café, selling hot and cold drinks, a selection of cakes, biscuits, toasted sandwiches, soups, salads, and fruit smoothies.
Young people from the AFK 14-19 and post 19 services experience work placements at Bikes For Good Causes for valuable work experience opportunities in the bike shop and café.
Through covering the cost of one of their delivery team for a year, this funding will help My AFK in furthering their mission and support more of their young people on their journey into paid employment.