EmployAbility – Developing an Inclusive Workforce in Oxfordshire

We believe Oxfordshire’s diverse and thriving economy is rich in employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities. We want to work creatively and collaboratively with employers to realise this potential.

People with learning disabilities can be excellent employees. We are convinced that our co-farmers could transfer the learning, confidence and skills they demonstrate on the farm to other workplaces where they will thrive and be valued, as they are at FarmAbility.

Currently, people with a learning disability are hugely under-represented in the UK workforce. Of the estimated 11,000 people in Oxfordshire with a learning disability, less than 1,000 are in paid work.

We are working with Oxford University’s Researcher Consultancy to gain valuable insight from key local employers like you about how we might be able to support your business, while creating meaningful opportunities for our co-farmers.

We welcome interest from employers based in or near Oxford who might be willing to take part in this important research, or who would like to learn more.

Please contact Sarah: sarah@farm-ability.org.uk or 01865 245604. We look forward to hearing from you, and please forward a link to this page to anyone you think might be interested.

FarmAbility runs a small-scale EmployAbility project supporting young co-farmers to find work. Three of our EmployAbility co-farmers are just starting a work placement at Jury’s Inn, Wolvercote. For more information contact Liv: liv@farm-ability.org.uk