Sunshine, bubbles and straw bales! National Employability Day Cornish style!
This year our national employability day was held outside at the fabulous Cafe Chaos, in partnership with Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work.
We made the most of the glorious weather by taking the event outside with marquees and straw bales, surrounded by bubbles, Pirate FM and the amazing Swamp Circus stilt walkers.
The day was hosted by Cornish comedian, Kernow King and our very own Aaron Gill, a Positive People participant. There were also several powerful and moving speeches from local employers - Burncoose Nursery, Tanya's Courage and Cafe Chaos - all of whom are living and breathing examples of Disability Confident. The event was closed by fantastic local singer, Evani Evangelou.
The audience was captivated as Keith Gale accepted his Achiever of the Year Award. Keith had previously been out of work for four years. Now, not only is he a caseworker for Derek Thomas MP in Cornwall, helping members of the public, he also ran the London Marathon earlier this year raising around £8,000 for Brain Tumour Research. A truly amazing achievement!
“The benefits of work are to my self-esteem", says Keith, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary visual impairment that gets worse over time. "Financially, things have improved for me. I am meeting new people, far more opportunities have now become available to me and I am more fulfilled”.
Congratulations also to our Employers of the Year, Burncoose Nurseries and All Sorts Wooden.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made our day so fun, moving and memorable!