16 January 2020 16:46
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LeedsLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Adults with learning disabilities in Leeds have taken their fight right to the top, as they call for more recognition in the workplace. Service users at Leep 1, a Leeds-based advocacy group for people with learning disabilities, gave impassioned speeches calling for more help to get adults with learning disabilities into employment. Following the presentation at a full Leeds City Council meeting, councillors voted to ask officers to look into the matter further. Susan Hanley, a service user at Leep 1, told the meeting: "We are here today to talk about the importance of getting more people with learning disabilities into employment within the city of Leeds. "We have asked people what having a learning disability means to them." 'We want to feel equal, to be able to help people and enjoy our jobs' Fellow speaker Joseph Port continued: "We will feel better being paid and earning money – it gives us the freedom.
We would like the same pay as our colleagues. We would like to be safe and respected in secure work. "We want to feel equal, be able to help people and enjoy our jobs. We would like to feel we can contribute somewhere. We want better funding to help people. "We want recognition to help get the right support or any extra if needed. We want more paid opportunities and apprenticeships – not just cooking and cleaning – we want a range of recruitment efforts. "We want more open days to see work within the site in the organisations. We want the chance to gain new skills to give us achievements. In order to do all these things, we need an employment strategy." The speeches were met with a warm round of applause by councillors, who voted to move the matter onto the director of public health, and will be discussed with relevant council officers. Follow LeedsLive Download the LeedsLive app - You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Click here to join the LeedsLive Whatsapp group and follow the instructions on your phone to receive the latest news updates! Your number won't be shared with anyone else in the group. Sign up for our daily newsletter to get the latest headlines direct to your inbox! Follow us on social media: Like our Facebook page here, and follow Best In Leeds for the latest food drink and event news from across the city. You can also join our Facebook groups: Leeds city centre news, Leeds Traffic and Travel, M62 Traffic and Travel, Emmerdale Superfans, In the Dock court reports and Leeds Festival 2020. On Twitter you can follow us @leedslivenews. On Instagram we're @leedslive - tag us in your beautiful pictures of Leeds!