Welwyn Garden City disability charity holds job forum

ALL over the country, schoolchildren are currently enjoying a six week break from school.

ALL over the country, schoolchildren are currently enjoying a six week break from school.

But a group of disabled young people from Hertfordshire are using their summer holidays to learn more about working in the media, at a workshop organised by a WGC-based disability charity.

The Hertfordshire PASS Job Forum is being held every Wednesday for six weeks, at the charity’s headquarters at Brownfields.

It’s been organised by Katie Fraser, student support co-ordinator at Hertfordshire PASS (Personal Assistance Support Service), who herself has a learning disability.

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“The forum has been going brilliantly well so far,” said Katie.

“The goal of the forum is for people with disabilities to understand the reality of working using various creative media, such as singing, writing and theatre.

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“We have also invited people both with and without disabilities to share their work stories.”

Last week, Ingrid Marson, director of WGC consultancy firm Acorn PR, spoke of her experiences working as a journalist and public relations consultant.

“I really enjoyed meeting all the young people and was inspired by their enthusiasm and passion for writing,” said Ingrid.

“Taking part in the forum made me more aware of the barriers that young people with disabilities face in the current job market.”

A few places are still available for young disabled people on some of the remaining summer job forum sessions.

For more information, contact 01707 321 442 or email pass@hertspass.com

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