Over one hundred local people with learning disabilities and/or autism had their achievements recognised at the Annual Orchardville Awards Ceremony held at Titanic Belfast on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Orchardville Annual Awards
Pictured (l-r) are: Brian McVey (DfE) and Joan McGinn (Orchardville) at the Orchardville Awards event.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Joan McGinn, Chief Executive, Orchardville, said:

"Orchardville’s Annual Awards event has gone from strength to strength each year. The Awards recognise the progress and achievements of our service users in getting paid employment, completing qualifications and overcoming barriers to progression."

Personal growth, more independence

Orchardville supports people with a learning disability to prepare for a job, learn new skills, grow as a person, try new things, meet people and become more independent. The focus is very much on the person’s ability, not disability, and this greatly helps to build their confidence to get a job or work voluntarily.Orchardville logo

Orchardville Annual Awards
Pictured (l-r) are: Joshua Millar (ESF Employment Programme Participant), Joan McGinn (CEO, Orchardville) and Laura Green (guest speaker and successful entrepreneur). Joshua won the Joanna Tuffy Award for Endeavour.

Orchardville supports over 250 local people to access employment opportunities every year, working closely with over 100 employers across Northern Ireland encouraging and supporting them to provide structured and meaningful work placements and employment opportunities.

Speaking at the event Joan McGinn said "Our work would not be possible without the support of our partners and funders.

"I would take this opportunity to thank the Northern Ireland European Social Fund and the Department for the Economy and our match funders - Belfast, South Eastern and Western Health & Social Care Trusts and Department for the Communities - for their support in enabling us to offer a diverse range of opportunities to our participants."

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