29 Jan 2018
Barod Community Interest Company announce new lottery funded research project 'The Bridge' to help people with learning difficulties secure well paid work.
Barod Community Interest Company has announced that they will be
working in partnership for the next two years with Carmarthenshire
People First, My Life My Choice, People First Dorset and Social
Firms Wales on a project called The Bridge.
People with learning difficulties across the UK have developed
highly desirable skills through their involvement in self-advocacy
and are engaged in high level policy and service design work.
However it is rare to be able to secure well paid work that uses
these skills, and many groups struggle to find funding.
Recently, Barod benefited from business growth support from
Social Firms Wales, leading to the idea of the two organisations
combining forces for a research project to support and work
alongside a small number of self-advocacy organisations who were
looking to create paid work for members or generate income for the
Thanks to this funding from the National Lottery Fund, via DRILL
(Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning), over the
next two years these five organisations will be working together to
build a brighter future for people with learning difficulties and
for self-advocacy organisations.
Says Anne Collis, project lead, "The project is called The
Bridge because we aim to bridge the gap between the current
situation where too many people with learning difficulties are
working for free and their organisations struggle for funding, to a
future where individuals and organisations are well paid for their