Big Give - thank you We are incredibly grateful to our valued supporters and the Big Give who, through their generous donations and matched donations, have enabled us launch the 'Ready, Willing & Able' pilot programme to support people with sight loss, learning disabilities and autism into work. A word from our donors I absolutely know that with SeeAbility every penny that comes in goes to the end user… you see the progress people make in being in our (SeeAbility’s) care. It’s phenomenal, quite phenomenal. SeeAbility Ambassador and Sight Pioneer, Mr Michael Buckingham. Our 'Ready, Willing & Able' pilot is SeeAbility's first supported employment programme. We will support individuals who want to work, to help them build confidence and skills and then match them with suitable inclusive employment by building relationships with employers for mutual benefit. Ready, Willing & Able Most people with sight loss, learning disabilities and autism are never asked what they want to do when they leave school. Our mission is to change preconceptions about what people are capable of and to support them to realise their ambitions and contribute to their communities. We are already supporting people to help them into work and your donation will mean we can do much more. Read Grace's story below to see what we've been doing. Grace’s story Grace is 28 and lives in Maidstone. Just like any young adult, she wants to build a successful career and contribute to society. Grace also has a learning disability and sight loss, which means that employers don’t always know how to support her. Grace loves meeting new people and currently volunteers as a mentor at a service for people who have drug and alcohol addictions, but she doesn’t have a paid job. With SeeAbility’s support, Grace will soon be going on a work experience placement with our partner organisation the Bank of England. Diversity and inclusion are key parts of the Bank’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and strategic plan. The team at the Bank will gain valuable insight into supporting colleagues with learning disabilities, as well as helping Grace on her way to employment. The placement will be an opportunity for Grace to learn more about working in an office and to develop her skills in this environment. This will build Grace’s confidence and support her to decide her career goals for the future. Grace says, “If it wasn't for SeeAbility, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I am excited for my placement!” Keep an eye on this page for the latest news about how we're helping the people we support get into work. Read more about 'Ready, Willing & Able' on the Big Give website. If you would be interested in supporting our work through the Big Give appeal in 2019, please get in touch.