As part of Learning Disability Awareness week 2017, we have collected good news stories from our members. Here, Community Integrated Care share the story of how their Vocational Support Service in Liverpool teamed up with Widnes Vikings rugby league club!CIC-logo-190

Vocational Support Service in LivWidnes Vikings Programme Sellerserpool has teamed up with Widnes Vikings rugby league club, offering adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to work at their favourite sports club selling their match day magazine, One Club.

Vocational Support Service, which is part of national social care charity Community Integrated Care, assists people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs to find meaningful and valued voluntary and paid employment.

The programme sellers are Mark, who lives in Widnes and is a passionate sports enthusiast, and Vikings fan Richard, from Runcorn. They are joined by Frederico and Richard from Griffin Lodge in Stockport, a care service that supports people with autism and hearing impairments.

Renata Davies, Service Leader for Vocational Support, says: “The people we support love to meet new people and aspire to find work. To have the opportunity to be part of such a great club is fantastic. They really look forward to match days and love meeting all the supporters!”

In 2016, Community Integrated Care formed a ground-breaking partnership with Widnes Vikings which received national acclaim by winning a prestigious 3rd Sector Care Award in London last year. The Club deliver weekly fitness sessions to adults with learning disabilities, arrange player visits to local care services and offer unique match day experiences as well as volunteering opportunities to people supported by the charity.