Disabled people learning what it takes to work in the retail industry have a new piece of technology to train on, thanks to the support of their local county councillor.
Disability Action Yorkshire approached John Ennis about the chance of funding a £700 electronic card reader, which will be used to take payments from customers at its second-hand furniture enterprise, on Hornbeam Park.
In addition to earning income for the charity – which next year celebrates its 80th anniversary – the venture offers disabled people real life work experience.
Disability Action Yorkshire deputy chief executive Ange Brockett said:
We are extremely grateful to Coun Ennis in supporting our application for the card reader.
As just about every single retail outlet in the country has these machines, it’s important that our learners get experience in using this technology.
Our furniture enterprise offers learners the chance to learn lots of different skills; skills that we hope will give them a fighting chance when it comes to applying for jobs.
County Coun John Ennis, who funded the card reader from his locality budget, said:
I’m very pleased to have been able to support Disability Action Yorkshire’s application for this card reader.
The County Council’s locality budget is specifically designed to help support charities and local organisations in a number of ways, and their application fitted the bill perfectly.
Judging by how popular the furniture enterprise is, I know the learners will get plenty of opportunities to use the card reader.