Bridge to Work Launched

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Yesterday (Thursday 19th October 2017) the Trust launched its Bridge to Work programme at Speaker’s House in the Houses of Parliament.

This £3.3m programme aims to tackle the disproportionately high level of unemployment amongst young disabled Londoners. The Trust’s investment of £3.3m over the next 5 years (alongside £1.25m to support people with mental health needs in employment) will support a range of activities to break down the barriers to employment for these 16-30 year olds.

At the event, along with a warm welcome from the Speaker John Bercow MP, guests heard from both employers, young disabled people and charities who are providing the support needed to ensure that the multiple and complex barriers to employment faced by disabled people can be overcome.

Also launched at the event was ChangeLondon, a £350,000 bursary scheme. This will allow Leonard Cheshire Disability to award bursaries of up to £4,000 per person on behalf of City Bridge Trust to London’s small and medium sized companies and charities. This will provide paid work experience to young disabled Londoners.

Other charity partners helping to delivery this programme are Action on Disability, Inclusion London, Action for Kids, National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Whizz-Kidz.

For further details on this programme, please see here.

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