Removing Barriers project hailed a resounding success having opened dialogue between employers and people with special educational needs

The CRUMBS Project is proud to have been part of a Dorset-wide project that has sought to create greater employment opportunities across the county for people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The CRUMBS Project’s Lee Whalley with James Dixon-Box, Operations Director at Marsham Court Hotel

Overseen by consultancy firm Sendme2work, the Removing Barriers project was a programme initiated by Dorset Careers Hub and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, with the aim of creating job opportunities for around 20 young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Organisations involved in Removing Barriers, including The CRUMBS Project, have participated in a series of workshops and training sessions focusing on removing barriers and helping employers to adapt to create more inclusive workforces.

The CRUMBS Project’s Head of Operations, Lee Whalley said: “There’s an impression out there among some employers that [employing staff with disabilities] is too much of a minefield and too complicated. That’s really not the case. It could be little tweaks that are required – which while small, can make a huge difference and needn’t cost a fortune.”

As a Disability Confident Leader, The CRUMBS Project hosted the first event in September 2023 aimed at aimed at local employers in Dorset entitled ‘Becoming Disability Confident and Creating an Inclusive Workforce’. In collaboration with the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth, a follow up event is planned for January 2024, to share lessons learnt in disability confidence and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

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