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Cope Foundation launches "Grand Job?" campaign

Cope Foundation launches "Grand Job?" campaign

Grand Job? is an advocacy campaign for paid employment

Monday 25 May 2015

Cope Foundation launched their first ever advocacy campaign today.

The campaign is called Grand Job?

The aim of Grand Job? is to deliver paid employment for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.

The Grand Job? launch event happened in Vertigo in Cork County Hall.

Business leaders and people supported by Cope Foundation shared their experience of inclusive workplaces.

The campaign will go on for 12 months.

Grand Job? is led by Cope Foundation and proudly sponsored by Cork Chamber of Commerce.

The aims of the Grand Job? include:

Finding paid jobs for at least 10 people which will involve matching the right people to the right jobs.

Working in partnership with employers so they understand how to work with people with intellectual disabilities.

Raising awareness about supported employment and the benefits of inclusive workplaces.

Cope Foundation also has a dedicated webpage for Grand Job? you can find here.

Information and videos will be added to the page over the year.

Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber of Commerce says: “We in Cork Chamber of Commerce are delighted to sponsor the Grand Job? advocacy campaign. Inclusive workplaces are beneficial to employers, employees and customers alike and we are looking forward to playing our part in finding paid employment for people with intellectual disabilities in Cork. I urge the businesses of Cork city and county to get involved in Grand Job? Over the next 12 months so that together we can make a real difference to the lives of people supported by Cope Foundation.”

Colette Kelleher, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation says: “Today Cope Foundation with the Cork Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to the workplaces of Cork and asking them to open their doors, their hearts and their minds to people with intellectual disability, giving people a chance for that all important start, that “grand job” so important to us all. We are asking the business community of Cork to stand with us in delivering paid jobs that will create truly inclusive workplaces.”