Latest News Inclusion Works in the Spotlight The 'Cedar in the Spotlight' feature is highlighting Cedar's services with an overview of the valuable work that has been continuing throughout the lock down period. Inclusion Works is firmly in the Spotlight this week as Kieran explains why. Kieran Molloy - Head of Employability Services "We are delighted to shine the spotlight on Cedar’s Inclusion Works service and its work in improving the employability and inclusion of people with disabilities. We are really proud of our participants’ achievements and determination, as well as the commitment, innovation and resilience demonstrated by our staff team." Inclusion Works is an Employability and Inclusion Service, funded by ESF and match funded by all 5 HSCTs and the Department of Communities. Our main aim is to ensure that people with disabilities experiencing exclusion and inactivity have equality of opportunity and choice for inclusion and economic activity. Collaboration The Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs) are the key partners in delivering Inclusion Works as main referral agents. All our match funding is commissioned through service level agreements with the 5 HSCTs in response to their local commissioning priorities as an integral part of their service delivery pathways. We work in partnership with employers, training providers, Colleges of Further and Higher Education, Universities and other community and voluntary sector organisations to ensure our participants are fully included. Our service is designed to complement, contribute to and collaborate with local initiatives to best meet the needs of participants Did you know?You can digest some of the great work the Inclusion Works Service has been involved with in the last two years in the summary below as the stats speak for themselves. Team update Liz Palmer has just joined the Inclusion Works team during the lockdown period. Find out more about her role. Service User Stories Inclusion Works Gets Crafty with Crochet Find out how the Inclusion Works Southern team have been very creative with their service delivery during the lockdown through crochet classes delivered through Zoom. Ben's business is booming We featured Ben last year when he had just set up his new business. Ben became involved with Cedar's Inclusion Works Brain Injury Service in the summer of 2019 as a returning service user. Ben's Case Officer was Jordan and he encouraged Ben to make contact with Invest NI's Go For It Programme, delivered with WorkWest. The end result being a comprehensive business plan for his new enterprise, R Supplements Ltd. Roisin the Inclusion Works South Eastern Service Manager visited Ben recently to find out how he was getting on and business is good for his sports supplements business online and she found out that Ben had even customised his premises with all his own art work. Teresa has been cultivating her career Read how Teresa put her career back on track following her brain injury to achieve her dream with the support of the Inclusion Works Northern team. Lock down activities It has been a very busy time for the Inclusion Works team as they have found new innovative ways to deliver the service with the lock down restrictions in place. See the clip below of what service users have been doing to keep active and creative. Ryan's message Ryan has shared a message re the lock down as an Inclusion Works service user from the Western Area. Chris's Cedar experienceAs a former service user Chris tells us about his Cedar support from Inclusion Works. Rosie's Cedar supportHear how Rosie experienced the support of the Inclusion Works team to achieve her goals. Service User Feedback A short clip of service user thoughts on their experience of Inclusion Works. Further updates to follow - keep up to date with our social channels if you haven't already subscribed. This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. Funding is also provided by the Department for Communities and all five local HSCTs in Northern Ireland.