Torbay Project SEARCH wins European award

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Pluss was delighted to win a prestigious 'Significant Achievement' award at the Project SEARCH European Conference this week. The award recognises a job outcome rate of over 60%.

The internationally acclaimed Project SEARCH programme aims to remove significant barriers faced by people with learning disabilities when looking for employment. This is the fourth year the project has been run in Torbay by Pluss, South Devon College, and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

This year eight students, aged between 18 and 24, worked in three placements each over the past academic year. Placements were in a variety of settings across Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the Slapton Hotel and South Devon College.

The conference, which was held at the pumproom in the city of Bath, was attended by around 130 people.

Pictured here are the two founding members of Project SEARCH, Erin Riehle (Far L) and Susie Rutcowski (Far R), with Laura Morgan (Centre L) and Clare Mills (Centre R) from Pluss.