Among the busy traffic of central London, a leafy bolthole in Kennington provided a calm setting for the first employability BBQ for people with learning disabilities. Set in the Roots and Shoots centre – a community and environmental organisation who provide vocational training for young people – people from all over London came out to enjoy the sunshine.


Looking for new opportunities

Arts & crafts and mocktail making kept everyone busy, plus a jobs board from Toucan Employment gave people a chance to look for new opportunities and get advice. Roots and Shoots also opened their shop for the event, selling local honey, quince jam and candles, and the day was well-run by volunteers from all three organisations.


Getting the message out

“The event has gone really well. It’s been really busy and we’ve had a lot of people come along who we didn’t expect,” said Adam Sutherland, a United Response Transitions service manager who helped organise the day. “Events like this really help us to get the message out about the importance of supported employment and the services we offer.”


Working together

Our receptionist David Fry, who has a learning disability, came along to the event. “It’s good to get out of the office and meet other people. I also liked getting to know Roots and Shoots, and how we can work together in the future.”


As the event came to a close, the sky clouded over and brought the rain. Not a bad way to enjoy the last of the sunshine before autumn – and a good way to mark the start of some exciting new beginnings.

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