A Street-based footwear company has won an award from Somerset County Council for its long-term commitment to workers with Learning Disabilities.
Cosyfeet, which specialises in footwear for people with swollen feet, has been awarded the ‘Employer of Choice’ Award from the County Council’s ‘Aspire Support for Work’ service.
Aspire helps adults with Learning Disabilities find employment. The service gives them the training they need as well as offering on-going support to help them keep their jobs.
Cosyfeet were given the award in recognition of their long-term work and commitment towards people with Learning Disabilities as well as their openness to try new things.
The firm currently employs three people who are supported by the Aspire scheme. Emma Conroy works as a Fulfilment Operative in Cosyfeet’s warehouse and has been with the company since 2002. Gill Rossiter and Colin Taylor began working in 2007 and are employed to help keep the premises clean and tidy.
Adam Gibbs, Fulfilment Manager at Cosyfeet, said: “As a business we have worked with Aspire for many years. I am very proud of the recognition the award gives us.
“It is a pleasure working with Colin, Emma and Gill and we look forward to progressing new ideas with Aspire to help the employees gain more skills.”
Cllr William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Services to People with Learning Disabilities, said: “Cosyfeet have a refreshingly positive attitude towards people with Learning Disabilities and are worthy winners of the Aspire Employer of Choice Award.
“I hope news of this award will inspire other employers to play their part in breaking down the barriers which unfairly prevent many capable people from working.”
Any company in Somerset interested in finding out more about Aspire Support for Work can contact Simon Payne on 07919 540745 or email SFPayne@somerset.gov.uk.