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Welcome to Our Blog

03 April 2017
Welcome to the new Shaw Trust blog! Our blog will be a window to who we are and what we do, day-in-day out. We hope you will be inspired to join us on our journey to a more inclusive world. The last year has been a big year for Shaw Trust. From holding an international conference in Edinburgh through to launching new services for people with mental ill health in Kent, Shaw Trust has made progress towards its vision to create an inclusive world. Here are some of our highlights.

(The above picture was taken in our photo booth at the RI World Congress. Pictured in the top left is Gemma Hope, the Head of Policy, Research and Communication, Next to her on the right is Gemma Jamieson, Digital and Marketing Content Officer. The Marketing Manager, Kirsteen Kamming is in the bottom left-hand corner and next to her is Monica Gomes, Service Design Officer).

Inclusive World
In October 2016, Shaw Trust hosted the Rehabilitation International World Congress (opens in a new tab or window), an award winning three day international inclusion conference (opens in new tab or window) that saw disability experts unite. Delegates from over sixty countries attended the event, which included speeches from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland. Visit the news story for the social highlights (opens in a new tab or window) of the event.

(Our Disability Advocacy Adviser, Clare Gray is pictured in the centre with her PAs).

Power 100
Last year on International Day of People with a Disability, we launched the Power 100 list 2017 (opens in a new tab or window), a celebration of Britain’s most influential disabled people.

The list plays a vital role in recognising talented leaders who have progressed to the top of their professions. The aim of the publication is to inspire a new generation of young disabled people to achieve their potential. The competition was tough following the 2016 Paralympics.

At number one came Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey DBE, a phenomenal athlete who won more gold medals than any other Paralympian. In second place was the popular TV presenter, Alex Brooker and in third place was Martyn Sibley, a disability rights blogger and writer.

Policy work
Shaw Trust is committed to producing evidence based policy work which places the experiences of our service users at its heart.

Highlights from last year included our Chief Executive presenting evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on how to close the disability employment gap (opens in a new tab or window), as well as Shaw Trust we also submitting evidence on the multiple barriers disabled women face (opens in a new tab or window) when getting into work to the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

Our evidence has been widely quoted in the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry’s final report and the APPG for Women and Work’s annual report.

What’s next?
Over the next few months we will be launching a virtual job club via Facebook Live. The virtual job club will give you the opportunity to ask our employment and wellbeing coaches on our Aim 4 Work (opens in a new tab or window) service any questions you have on managing mental ill health at work. Send us any questions via our Facebook page (opens in a new tab or window).

We are also always looking for volunteers to get involved in our projects: check out our volunteer vacancies (opens in a new tab or window)

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