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Broadcast On: 7th Sep 2017

Give Us a Chance

Raymond Lillycrop
Raymond at work
Chris English from the Elite Supported Employment Agency

‘I feel that a lot of employers are missing out on our skill sets.  People with disabilities can do a lot, and they can do a lot more if they are given the chance.’

 

Raymond Lillycrop, 21, from Milford Haven, wants prospective employers to see past people’s disabilities.

 

Working with Fixers, Raymond and his group – who all have some form of disability - have made a film to show what an asset they are to the workforce.

 

You can view it here.

 

They will share their story on ITV News Wales.

 

The Fixers are all employed by Norman Industries - a furniture manufacturer in Haverfordwest - which provides sheltered employment for people with disabilities.

 

Raymond, who has a short right limb, has worked there as an administrator for two years.

 

‘I did well in school and college but yet for many years afterwards I found it difficult to find work,’ he says. 

 

‘A lot of employers don’t really give us a chance to see what we’re capable of.

 

 ‘Now I am in work, I really do like my job and we get along very well.  We’ve got lots to offer.’

 

 

Trading for over 30 years, Norman Industries is a supported enterprise and currently employs 15 people, 14 of whom are disabled.

 

Chris English, from the Elite Supported Employment Agency in Pontyclun, is supporting Raymond’s campaign.

 

‘Anyone can work, irrespective of their disability or support need, if they have the right training and support,’ says Chris.

 

‘For example, people on the autistic spectrum can learn very complex jobs and the support requirements they have are more to do with social interaction as opposed to the tasks.

 

‘I think it's a brilliant message that Raymond is giving out to identify to employers that there is a talented pool of people with disabilities out there that isn't being tapped into.’

 

Raymond adds: ‘Most employers could adapt their environment to suit people with disabilities. There is funding available or it may not cost anything at all.

 

‘I’m hoping that my film will be shown to a lot of local employers, all we need is to be given the opportunity to show what we’re capable of.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below:

 

Author: Sarah Jones

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