Mayor en­joys home win

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE SUP­PORT learn­ing dis­abil­ity char­ity Lang­don gives to its mem­bers is pay­ing off in the work­place.

More than 90 per cent of them are now in ei­ther paid em­ploy­ment, work ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing pro­grammes or vol­un­teer­ing, the 200 guests at its busi­ness break­fast in cen­tral Lon­don were told.

Al­most one-in-five work enough hours each week to come off em­ploy­ment-re­lated ben­e­fits, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the na­tional av­er­age for the learn­ing dis­abled.

“At Lang­don, we un­der­stand that be­ing part of the world of work is hugely ben­e­fi­cial to an in­di­vid­ual’s self-es­teem, con­fi­dence and over­all in­de­pen­dence,” char­ity chair Jonathan Joseph said. “Our em­ploy­ers also tell us what a great im­pact our mem­bers make on their work en­vi­ron­ment.”

The char­ity was praised by guest speaker David Tyler, the chair­man of Sains­bury’s, for its “vi­tal role in in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties into the world of work”.

Lang­don mem­ber Dan Ber­man works in the su­per­mar­ket’s Heaton Park branch in Manch­ester and has re­cently re­ceived a badge recog­nis­ing 20 years of ser­vice. An­other mem­ber, Mar­cus Bean, spoke mov­ingly about his work at law firm OGR Stock Den­ton, win­ner of Lang­don’s Em­ployer of the Year award.

“I love hav­ing the con­fi­dence to live in­de­pen­dently and go to work,” he said. “I want to thank ev­ery­one at OGR Stock Den­ton for giv­ing me a job I love.”

The break­fast raised more than £70,000.

HERTSMERE MAYOR Charles Goldstein was hon­oured in his own shul when Radlett United Syn­a­gogue hosted the bor­ough’s an­nual civic ser­vice. Lo­cal MP Oliver Dow­den was among more than 180 guests at the ser­vice, con­ducted by Rabbi Jonathan Hughes, the may­oral chap­lain.

Thanks to ev­ery­one for giv­ing me a job I love’

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