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Volunteers Week 2023 – Ritchii Gilbert

ELITE Supported Employment recognises the immense potential and talent within disabled people and those facing disadvantages. With a mission to facilitate their integration into the workforce, ELITE has developed an array of programs designed to address unique needs, enhance skills, and boost self-confidence. We collaborate with local businesses, community organisations, and government agencies to create a supportive ecosystem that nurtures and maximises the potential of each participant. As part of Volunteers Week, we emphasis on the role of volunteering in fostering personal and professional development. Through our volunteering initiatives, ELITE enables participants to gain hands-on experience, build networks, and explore
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Press Release | JobSense WWV

Employment support services to people with sensory loss extended to West Wales & the Valleys (WWV). ELITE has collaborated with three other leading disability employment providers and have successfully secured funding from the European Social Fund to extend employment support services to people with sensory loss across West Wales & the Valleys (WWV). JobSense WWV will help people, aged over 25, with a sensory loss, to secure volunteering and/or employment. As 1 in 5 adults in the UK are deaf or have hearing loss, and experience difficulty accessing employment, and only 27% of blind and partially sighted people are in
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Newsletter – June 2020

Our social enterprise ELITE Clothing Solutions featured on BBC Wales Today to discuss the production of medical scrubs. Following the announcement by Welsh Government that ELITE Clothing Solutions and other Welsh organisations will be producing medical PPE for the NHS, we've seen a positive response from the public, ministers and health professionals. Since the start of March, more than 126 million pieces of PPE have been used in Wales due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as reported by Welsh Government. In response to this, Wales’ First Minister announced in April, plans to create a "Made-in-Wales supply chain for PPE". There are
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Newsletter – May 2020

Our social enterprise ELITE Clothing Solutions are producing much needed medical scrubs for the NHS, along with our partners. When the Welsh Government was notified that the Far East and sub-continent would be partially closing down production at the end of March as a result of coronavirus, it took immediate action to secure a large amount of fabric from within the UK market so that it could be used to produce up to 2500 scrubs per week in Wales. The Welsh Government passed the fabric it had purchased straight to Alexandra, a UK-based company that supplies the NHS with scrubs
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Sam Evans at Foxtroy Residential Care Home

  Following on from Sam’s recent Agored Cymru accredited course in Health and Safety and Manual Handling he has had the opportunity to put into practice skills learnt in a real working environment. After an initial employer meeting with Diane Purnell, Manager at Foxtroy Residential Care Home, Sam was offered the opportunity of a work experience placement. Sam has since been buddied up with Paul the Caretaker at the home. Paul has been encouraging and proactive towards Sam involving him in a range of duties which have included watering the plants, painting and general ground maintenance of the premises. Feedback
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Celebrating Disability Confidence!

  At ELITE Supported Employment we’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader & this month we have the chance to celebrate the fact. November 2019 is the third anniversary of the Disability Confident scheme. The scheme has helped ELITE Supported Employment to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to our workplace. It does this through offering tools and techniques to support recruitment and retention of disabled people. To celebrate the anniversary, we decided to share the thoughts of our Volunteer Ambassador, Ritchii Gilbert on why it's important for organisations to become Disability Confident. Ritchii first
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ELITE complete the Cardiff 10k run

On Sunday 1st September 2019, staff and friends of ELITE Supported Employment ran the Cardiff 10k race! Raising money for a defibrillator through Welsh Hearts, 13 runners ran on behalf of ELITE and Welsh Hearts with all completing the race! It had recently been brought to our attention that our office complex at Magden Park would benefit greatly from having a defibrillator installed. Despite our office only being a 5 minute drive to the Royal Glamorgan hospital, in life and death scenarios every second counts! The defibrillator would not only benefit ELITE but the various other organisations located at Magden
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FREE Disability Awareness Training workshop announced

As part of Disability Awareness Day on 16th July 2019, we have announced a free Disability Awareness Training workshop for all employers to attend! ELITE's Training Manager Chris English, who will be conducting the workshop, is using the event to spread awareness and understanding to any individuals who are interested in improving their workforce diversity with the inclusion of disabled members of staff. Chris had the following to say: "We are firm believers at ELITE that anyone can work given the right tools and training. On many occasions, all it takes is one or two minor tweaks to a work
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Staff Spotlight: Molly

Molly is one of the success stories of the ELITE volunteering department. During her time in Cardiff University in 2018, Molly started volunteering with ELITE as part of the Project SEARCH section of our Engage to Change project. Assisting young adults with Autism into work placements in a voluntary capacity, Molly then applied for a full-time position with ELITE. In January 2019 – she started working as an ELITE Employment Advisor in the Newport region. In this time, Molly has developed her own style of support and communication using the skills and training given to her from our volunteering projects.
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