Adult social care provider, Optalis, has been appointed by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to provide supported employment services to adults with learning disabilities and autism.
This appointment is part of the council’s continued commitment to invest in supporting and creating opportunities for our most vulnerable residents.
Through the service, Optalis will provide specialist employment support, job coaching, job matching, information, advice and guidance, work experience, training and support into paid employment for people with learning disabilities and autism.
The Optalis supported employment service is currently ranked number one in the South East for the proportion of adults with learning disabilities in paid employment and works closely with local employers, families, and support networks to ensure the right support for each individual.
Councillor Stuart Carroll, lead member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, said: “Our vision is to enable people in the Royal Borough to live independent and fulfilled lives. We are therefore delighted to extend our working relationship with Optalis to provide a service that maximises independence and reinforces the support we provide to some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
“The supported employment service is a vital resource to help those who may otherwise struggle to get into the workforce. People using the service will be supported by a job coach who will provide support to enable them to explore their potential, and most importantly, to help them reach their employment goals.”
Donna Morgans, head of supported employment at Optalis, said: “We have over twenty years of experience working with people to develop and provide a career pathway, helping them to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
“We are committed to supporting people in a manner that enables them to do the things that most of us take for granted, such as accessing employment and education, learning new skills, and feeling included and valued in their own communities.”
The service will start on Thursday 1 April 2021 from the Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre in Maidenhead.
Optalis provides adult social care in partnership with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council.