Mayor of Merton Councillor David Williams and cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Linda Kirby formally congratulated 11 residents at a special ceremony today, for taking part in a new work experience programme for people with learning disabilities.
The Mayor presented each of the residents who completed their Work Taster Week with a certificate. Council departments which provided the work experience opportunities included parking, planning, legal services, parks and democracy services.
The work experience is part of a new initiative set up by the council in partnership with Merton Mencap and Volunteer Centre Merton, to open up opportunities for employment to people with learning disabilities.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: “I would like to congratulate each person who completed their work taster week. It is a big achievement for everyone who took part and I wish them every success for their futures.”
Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby said: “Being successful in the job market is a real challenge at the moment, especially for people with a learning disability. This initiative gives them invaluable experience and insight into what it is like to work for a large organisation like the council.”
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13 residents took part in the initiative
About the London Borough of Merton
An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.
Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.
In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.