During Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (16-22 September) we are featuring Jack Blackburn, a 19–year–old with this condition.
Jack proved himself an excellent office worker alongside Trailblazers, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s young disabled campaigning group, during a month’s work experience placement on their Moving Up programme in our London head office.
Working a regular nine–to–five job was an impossible dream for Jack seven years ago, when he was bedridden and unable to walk following his diagnosis with this muscle-wasting condition.
It has been a very challenging journey but Jack is now studying chemistry, and physics and hoping to go into medicine. He said:
“What I really want to do is become a doctor specialising in helping people with muscular dystrophy.”
Moving Up is an MDUK work experience programme for 16-30–year–old disabled people in London. Working with 15 young jobseekers a year and seeking to help reduce unemployment, the programme is working to narrow the employment gap for young disabled Londoners, by offering supportive work experience placements.
Enjoying a close and supportive relationship with both participants and placement partners, we deliver tailored support to meet both parties’ needs including practical guidance and support.
By working with companies like ING and Santander we have found the programme to be well received by placement partners and candidates alike.
Companies benefit from partnering with an experienced charity that can offer practical guidance on embracing disability in the workplace, both in terms of staff and customers.
Partnerships include two– to three–month placements or shorter work experience opportunities lasting a few weeks.
With generous funding from the City Bridge Trust, Muscular Dystrophy UK funds any additional equipment needed, lunch and travel expenses.
All placements begin in our London office, with the potential opportunity to take advantage of our links with external organisations for further placements.
If you are interested in becoming a partner or would like to find out more please contact Emma Vogelmann, Work Experience Development Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7803 2872.
For more information: Moving Up