AN AGENCY dedicated to helping people with disabilities and health conditions in Sheffield into work has helped its 1,000th client.
Remploy Employment Services, based on Campo Lane, celebrated hitting the milestone less than four years after it first opened.
Since it was set up in 2008, a small team of 10 Remploy workers have provided support for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and medical conditions to get their foot on the career ladder or back into jobs.
From war veterans to people with terminal cancer – the agency has helped out-of-work residents from all walks of life into jobs with employers such as John Lewis, Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s.
To celebrate the branch’s success, Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts was invited to an open day.
Karen Jordan, branch manager at Sheffield’s Remploy Employment Services, said: “The fact that we have reached the 1,000 mark means that we’ve been putting an average of 250 people into work every year. We’ve been very successful.
“We cover a massive spectrum, we might get someone who has had a disability all their lives or someone who has suffered a brain injury in an accident and wants to get back to work.
“We’re like a recruitment agency, but we also provide support for people for up to two years. We manage expectations and we work with Sheffield College to prepare people for the world of work.”
The branch is not affected by factory closures threatening Remploy’s Brightside Lane workers but funding the is only guaranteed until 2014.