This school has collaborated with The Legacy Project since 2019 to provide supported internship for young people aged 16 to 24 with specific additional needs, learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities – empowering a new workforce. It is part of ‘The Transforming Care’ vision of the NHS, promoting resilience and creativity in a young, neurodiverse community, resulting in fewer being in crisis.
The project works collaboratively with the school and businesses in the wider community. The team is committed to changing perceptions and experiences of disability, and to changing the world in which these interns live. This work in primary settings is planting the seed at an early age that a disability or need does not have to define a child’s future. The interns face a variety of complex learning or social needs and abilities. Many have never been on a bus independently, made a packed lunch or spoken to an adult outside of school or home.
The impact achieved through this collaboration is significant. Sixty per cent of interns are now employed in the settings they trained in.