As part of his positive plan for jobs, local MP Luke Hall organised a disability confident event which took place last Friday in Turnberries Community Centre in Thornbury. The event brought together disability charities and local businesses to help companies on how to better accommodate for employees with disabilities by offering support, guidance and information.

Charities that specialise in helping disabled people get into work were in attendance to offer advice to representatives of local businesses on how they can make the most of the talents that disabled employees can bring to their workplace. They also explained what support and resources are available to businesses to help create an environment where disabled employees can thrive.

The event is part of the MP’s wider positive plan for our community and is the 8th jobs fair held by Luke since 2015.

Some of the disability organisations included:

  • South Gloucestershire Parents and Carers
  • Seetec
  • Mencap
  • Carers Support Centre
  • The National Autistic Society
  • Remap
  • The Leonard Cheshire Foundation
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • DWP

Local MP Luke said ‘It was a pleasure to hold a disability jobs fair to help local businesses be as accommodating as possible for employees with disabilities and help those with additional needs get into work. It was fantastic to see so many Thornbury businesses committing to be part of the disability confident agenda in South Gloucestershire. It is important to ensure that employment is increasing in our area and our local economy remains strong’.