First organisation to have internal employees trained to become internal champions  

[leading]The Royal Mencap Society (“Mencap”) were today presented with the prestigious matrix Standard Award by Paul Bridle, CEO of emqc Ltd, for the information, advice and guidance Mencap’s Employment and Advocacy services provide to individuals with a learning disability in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.  Five Mencap employees were also awarded their level five qualifications on the same day to become assessors – the first time this has happened in matrix’s history – at an event held at emqc Ltd offices in Nottingham.    [/leading]

The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

“Working towards the matrix Standard is no easy feat.  said Paul Bridle, CEO of emqc Ltd. “But having five internal champions also trained to ensure that Mencap has internal champions to  support the organisation in its journey towards keeping the highest standards is an extremely exciting development and one that we would encourage other organizations to follow. We have been very  impressed by the dedication, hard work and good practices of  Mencap. They are the first learning disability organisation to gain the matrix Standard and we are truly delighted to see the impact that their quality of advice and guidance has on the the lives of people with a learning disability. ”

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said:

“Mencap is delighted to be awarded the matrix Standard which is the unique quality standard which will allow us to assess and measure our advice and support services.  I would also like to congratulate my five Mencap colleagues who achieved level 5 qualifications.  This was a huge individual commitment.   

Around 80% of working age people with a learning disability could work but less then 10% are in employment.  This is not good enough.  We all know how important working is both financially and also in  making people feel a valued and trusted member of a team.  Too many people with a learning disability do not get to do this.  We are dedicated to doing everything we can to address this problem.   I truly believe the matrix Standard will help us address this problem by making sure that we always offer people with a learning disability the best support and advice with their career, learning, work and life goals.“

Six, Mencap staff member who achieved level 5 qualificaiton, commented:

“I am delighted to have been awarded the level 5 qualification.  It took over three months to gain the qualification and was very difficult.  However, it is fantastic for this award to be celeberated in this way. I truly believe that through this qualification I will be able to champion at Mencap the very highest quality of support and advice for people with a learning disability for their career, learning, work and life goals.”

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact the Mencap press office on 020 7696 5414 or media@mencap.org.uk

You can watch the awards presentation here: https://youtu.be/pmND_yk9P3A (Embedded below)

About Mencap

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

www.mencap.org.uk

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email help@mencap.org.uk