Royal lunch boosts jobs for disabled

The Princess Royal has hosted a lunch for 100 major employers to boost job opportunities for people with sensory impairments.

The event, held last week at Leeds for employers in the north of England, was part of the charity Sense’s Supported Employment Initiative, a scheme aimed at setting up 100 jobs for disabled people. The Princess Royal is patron of the charity, which works with people who are deaf and blind.

Richard Collings, marketing manager for Sense North, said, “Our objective is to create a regional employers’ forum – a group of employers who will work with Sense to develop supported employment opportunities.

“The lunch was a fantastic opportunity to help achieve this and at the same time increase employers’ awareness and understanding of supported employment for people with disabilities, highlighting that there is a large and capable workforce available within the disabled community.”

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