Oxfordshire's flagship Employment and Wellbeing Service is throwing an Employability Day tea party

OxForward, Oxfordshire’s leading Employment and Wellbeing Support Service for adults with a disability is celebrating national Employability Day by hosting a community tea party.

The party is to be held on Friday 14 July 2017 from 1 to 4pm at Wolvercote Young People’s Club in St Peter's Rd. The party is open to the local community and will provide a great opportunity for local community groups and businesses to network. There will be activities, competitions, entertainment including karaoke, prizes. Attendees include local dignitaries, employers, customers, support services and the opportunity to hear first-hand from successful clients who have used the service.

Information about local jobs and volunteering opportunities and a free employability workshop will also be available.

OxForward is commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council and delivered by national employment specialists Kennedy Scott, The Royal Mencap Society and Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity (OxSPA) aims to enable primarily disabled users to fulfil their potential and improve their wellbeing through a wide range of uplifting and energising support programmes. The programme has supported more than 400 people so far and 73% of those that have entered work using the service have a learning disability.

UK Employability Day highlights the work of organisations which help jobseekers into work. Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), hundreds of employment support centres are opening their doors across the UK to celebrate the day. OxForward based in Oxfordshire is holding the party to celebrate the success of customers on the programme and the work of their local staff and partners, including employers.

Kennedy Scott CEO, Teresa Scott said: “OxForward is a truly life changing service, running across Oxfordshire, supporting individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential. The aim of the event is to highlight the success of our customers and the service so far, as well as spreading the word to reach even more people who could benefit from this kind of support.”

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “OxForward really is an unsung service that deserves some limelight. They facilitate life altering changes for people who may not otherwise get such opportunities.

“What could be better than combining a summer’s afternoon and some fun with learning more about what OxForward does on a day by day basis for people with disabilities in Oxfordshire?”

More details about OxForward are available online at http://www.kennedyscott.co.uk/oxforward.html.