Physically disabled young people at Treloar College in Alton have won support from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons to help gain valuable work experience.
Treloar's is pleased to announce the generous gift from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons of £50,775 for a new Work Experience Officer.
This new role will arrange work placements, for all students able to benefit from them, and provide vital skills to equip our young people for life after Treloar's. This may include going into voluntary or paid employment with the aim of boosting confidence and skills for the future.
The grant from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales. “We are very pleased to be able to support the Treloar Trust, which does outstanding work in giving young disabled people in our community the chance to experience the world of work” said Mike Wilks, Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons.
The work experience officer is part of the Transition Team at Treloar’s. The total cost of this department is over £220,000 a year, which is funded solely through voluntary donations.
Young disabled people are almost half as likely as their non-disabled peers to be in employment – 46.5% compared to 84 per cent, according to a 2016 report from the Papworth Trust. A shocking 44.3 per cent of working-age disabled people are without a job. This figure is nearly 4 times higher than for non-disabled people (11.5 per cent). This is why Treloar's see this donation as so important in helping to change our students' lives for the better.
Treloar’s Principal Martin Ingram stated “We are very grateful to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons for their generous grant. It will help give our students confidence and develop skills and experience for the future.”
If you or your organisation are able would like to discuss offering work experience opportunities for our students, please contact us.