Mayor enjoys home win
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’