What do you get if you put Daniel Craig, Billy Connelly and over 120 guests together in a hotel in Crawley? A shaken not stirred Aldingbourne Trust Employer Ball!
Rachel Smither, Manager of WorkAid, the Trust’s supported employment service, explains “this red carpet event was aimed at raising awareness of the skills of people with learning disabilities and autism and what they can bring to the workplace”.
Some of these skills were evident at the Ball, with Andrew Pickthall – the ‘official’ photographer, DJ Jack Bruce and Comedian Richard Maffahey.
During the evening, an auction was held with donated prizes, including a Bentley for the weekend, Rod Stewart’s signed shoes and a England Rugby shirt, to name but a few. The event featured Exemplar employers, who work in partnership with WorkAid, showcasing how they have been inspired to become ambassadors for the Trust, promoting its work to other businesses and organisations.
Throughout the evening awards were given to:
SOLD, Shoreham – Volunteer Support
Crawley Rugby Football Club – the Community Support
International Logistics Group Ltd – Equality & Diversity
Greenaway Residential – Innovation
An Employer DVD was also launched showing the benefits to employers of recruiting individuals with learning disabilities and autism. Various international, national and local employers discussed their positive experiences working with WorkAid.
Unlike Cinderella’s ball though – everyone danced until 1am.
If you’re an employer within West Sussex and would like to take advantage of the WorkAid service, – please contact Rachel Smither 01243 – 546035