‘Working is important to me as it gives me a sense of purpose’
– Simon, Langdon member
Empowering our people
People with learning disabilities often face challenges when it comes to getting and keeping a job.
At Langdon, we believe everyone has the right to work. We want our members to have the same opportunities as their peers; to develop their professional skills, and experience the satisfaction that comes from a good day’s work.
Langdon Members work in a wide range of sectors including property, accountancy, catering and retail. In fact, 50% of our members are in paid work, with 20% earning enough to come off employment benefits.
Our employment team helps members look for job vacancies, fill in application forms and prepare for interviews. Both employer and employee have a support coordinator who regularly monitors performance. From seemingly simple accomplishments such as shredding paper to complex data entry and working as a chef in a busy kitchen, we help them make the transition from benefits to paid employment.
More than just a service
Employers are regularly bowled over by the positive impact our Members have on their organisation. Our Members are reliable and effective workers; their abilities often far exceed expectations.
It’s no coincidence that our placements work out so well. Central to our members’ success is that Langdon strives to find people jobs that meet their aspirations. Be that a passion for fashion or football, working with children or animals, we help them find more than just a job. By placing people in the right role, they enjoy their jobs, which is necessary for the wellbeing and happiness of our members.
I’ve worked at OGR Stock Denton, a law firm in Finchley for three years. I do different things. I work in accounts, do filing, help out in reception and look after the stationery. That’s the job I’m best at – I know where everything goes and always know when we’re short on stock. Eventually, I want to do computer work.
At first, I found paid work difficult. I can’t spell, and I’m not good at making coffee. I get worried about spilling it.
Langdon has given me my independence. Of course, I still get nervous trying new things. But now, I just take a deep breath and do it.’
– Marcus, Langdon member