We were delighted to welcome local MSP, Adam Ingram, back to Hansel last month. He came to find out about our Employment Services activities and about our enterprising plans to sustain Ayrshire’s only recognised supported businesses through the anticipated withdrawal of DWP funding in October 2015.
The Public Procurement Bill is in the initial stages of consultation and we sought Mr Ingram’s support in promoting the views and concerns of people with learning difficulties in the debate. Mr Ingram agreed that public services procurement practices could contribute to sustainability, welcoming initiatives such as the directory of supported businesses in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government, which you can download here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0044/00441790.pdf
Mr Ingram said " I was very pleased to be able to visit Hansel and see at first hand their Laundry supported business. It is a fantastic facility where individuals with learning difficulties can work and earn, helping to improve their quality of life and provide them with a sense of fulfilment.”
“It is essential that supported businesses continue to have opportunities to provide these experiences, and one of the ways this can be done is through improved support from public bodies. This is why I support the inclusion of provision in the forthcoming Public Procurement Bill which will enable public bodies to procure with supported businesses as social enterprises.”
While he was here Mr Ingram visited the Baird Centre, our newest community resource which will be opening next month. He also found time to meet some of our team members with a quick tour of our Laundry supported business where, after a little coaching, he proved himself a dab hand with the roller iron!