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Learning, work and volunteering (Adults)

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Learning, work and volunteering

Employment is a very important part of life. When people have a job, they feel part of society, they have a purpose, make new friends plus have money in their pockets to buy the things they want!

These pages signpost you to information and support that is available to help you learn new skills, attend training courses, find a voluntary job and get into employment.

There is also specific information to guide people with learning disabilities.

Information on COVID-19 support can be found on the Adults Information Service COVID-19 page.  Local support groups can be found by searching on 'COVID-19'.

CP Learning Trust

The CP Learning Trust is a not for profit charitable organisation, founded in 2003 from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Learning Partnerships.

 
They have a strong history of working with communities deemed most disadvantaged and supporting individuals and families who appear to have benefited least from learning.

By providing innovative, step-by-step opportunities in local settings, they provide adults with a ‘second chance’ at learning, encouraging individuals to reach their potential at their own pace.

They work closely with local volunteers and partners to provide a joined up and supportive environment for our learners.

CP Learning Trust has successfully supported more than 40,000 adults to grow in confidence, gain skills and qualifications, and to move into volunteering and/or paid work.

They have several projects in Peterborough and if you are interested you can contact them through their website  

telephone  - 01354 696479 

email  text info@cpltrust.net

Volunteering

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Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services Volunteer Centre

Peterborough Volunteer Centre acts as the hub for volunteering activity in the City, working with both organisations and volunteers.

Volunteering can help provide you with valuable experience, in lots of different ways such as:

  • You can gain new skills
  • You can meet new people and make friends whilst doing something you are interested in
  • You can build self-esteem and confidence and have a feeling of achievement knowing you have given something back
  • You can help your own community to grow and develop. Volunteering gives you a chance to give back to your community by sharing your own skills and knowledge
  • Volunteering is a great way to bridge gaps in your CV and also gives you a recent reference for employers to contact

Looking for work if you have a disability

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Looking for a job

When you’re looking for work, look on adverts and application forms for the ‘disability confident’ symbol.

This symbol means:

  • the employer is committed to employing disabled people.
  • you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job

Find out about jobs at JobCentre Plus.  You can find out more on the GOV.uk website.

Supported Employment

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Supported employment is for adults aged 18 to 65 with learning disabilities in Peterborough who are assisted to look for appropriate work placements.  

More information can be found on our Peterborough City College Day Opportunities page.

Getting a job - advice for family carers of adults with a learning disability

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The foundation for people with learning disabilities have produced a guide for family carers of adults with a learning disability.

Families sometimes do not know how to go about helping their family member with learning disabilities into paid work. This guide offers valuable information to help families think about what they can do to support their family member. It includes sections on:

  • aspirations
  • myth-busting
  • steps to employment & getting started
  • self-employment
  • working with professionals and taking the lead
  • stopping work
  • other sources of help
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