Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion

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COM­MU­NITY Link Foun­da­tion has awarded a grant to a very de­serv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps peo­ple in West Lan­cashire and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Time­savers pro­vides work ex­pe­ri­ence and ed­u­ca­tion in of­fice skills for peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to help them im­prove their chances of find­ing a work place­ment or em­ploy­ment.

The char­ity aims to help over­come bar­ri­ers that they face with re­gards to their em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

It sup­ports them in gain­ing fur­ther skills and work ex­pe­ri­ence in all as­pects of of­fice work, such as typ­ing, pho­to­copy­ing and fil­ing.

It also helps them to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and in­volve them in the fi­nan­cial side of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, such as help­ing with the bud­get­ing.

Time­savers hopes that this will en­able them to achieve a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of as­pects of life that can help them in the work place and at home.

At the mo­ment, Time­savers has the fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide train­ing and work ex­pe­ri­ence in of­fice skills for up to six peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

This is done by rent­ing a small of­fice in Skelmers­dale and it pro­vides sup­port work­ers to help them in the of­fice and trans­port them to and from their homes.

John Hag­gart, on be­half of Time­savers’ trus­tees, said: “I would like to thank the Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion.’’

He ex­plained: “Peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties of­ten need ex­tra help such as al­low­ing them to re­peat tasks and let­ting them work at their own pace so it makes it eas­ier for them to ac­quire new skills with­out feel­ing un­der stress.

“In or­der to achieve this the work ex­pe­ri­ence and skills train­ing is given in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, and in this way we hope to over­come the bar­ri­ers to learn­ing which peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties of­ten en­counter.

“We plan to have peo­ple at­tend for be­tween one and three days per week de­pend­ing on each in­di­vid­ual’s needs.”

The grant from CLF will be used to­wards pur­chas­ing card, ink and pa­per which is used in the var­ied of­fice-based tasks that they do, such as ad­min work and mak­ing cards.

Time­savers is cur­rently look­ing for lo­cal em­ploy­ers to of­fer short pe­ri­ods of of­fice work ex­pe­ri­ence one or two morn­ings per week for the peo­ple they sup­port, to give them an in­sight into the world of work.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.time­savers.org.uk.

To find out more about Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion and how to fundraise for them, go to www.clfoun­da­tion.co.uk.

Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion has pro­vided a grant to Time­savers

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