Both WorkFit and JoJo Maman Bébé have been awarded for their fantastic commitment to getting people with learning disabilities into work.
They were joint winners in the ‘Employer’ category at the Cardiff and the Vale Parents’ Federation ‘Understanding Disability Awards’ last week. Now in its 26th year, the awards celebrate ordinary people who have made an extraordinary effort to involve and include people with a learning disability in everyday life. Awards are made in a variety of categories, and nominations received from the public are voted on by a panel of parents, professionals and volunteers.
In the Employer category, the Federation said the calibre of nominations was so high that the judging panel made joint top awards to two recipients – WorkFit and Jojo Manan Bebe. One of WorkFit’s Employment Development Officers, Simon James, accepted the joint award on behalf of WorkFit. Simon travels across Wales looking for prospective employers who can provide paid employment, work experience, and volunteering for people with Down’s syndrome.
JoJo Maman Bébé is a family-owned chain selling maternity and infant fashion in 90 stores across the country. For several years now, their Newport branch has employed Sammy Jo and Tom, two young adults with Down’s syndrome. Both Sammy Jo and Tom are fully included socially in the workplace and are paid above the minimum/living wage.
Congratulations to all!