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Lanarkshire NHS celebrate 10 years of DFN Project SEARCH

As we approach International Day of Disabled Persons on the 3rd December, Lanarkshire NHS are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of hosting the lifechanging transition to employment programme led by national SEND charity, DFN Project SEARCH.

In opening a special anniversary event held in celebration of the programmes 10th year, Richard Lochhead Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that employment is accessible to disabled people and creating a fairer Scotland for all.

“We have reduced the disability employment gap to its lowest level since our 2016 baseline year, ensuring we are on course to meet the target of it being halved by 2038.

“It has been inspiring to hear the life changing stories from the graduates of the DFN Project SEARCH programme who are now in paid work across North and South Lanarkshire and enjoying the many benefits that employment brings.”

University Hospital Hairmyres and University Hospital Monklands landmark employment programme, which is a partnership between DFN Project SEARCH, New College Lanarkshire, NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, and South Lanarkshire Council will continue to run during this academic year and help young people across Lanarkshire with learning disabilities and/or autism undertake vital work-based learning opportunities, to help them to secure meaningful, paid employment.

Read more about the event on the Daily Record.