North West radio station Pure 107.8FM is giving a young unemployed man with learning difficulties the opportunity to host his own show.
Jason Jones from Rochdale is hitting the radio airwaves after two organisations joined together to help a group of people with learning difficulties find work.
Jason Jones, who’s 24, is supported by North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG) and Pure Innovations, a not for profit organisation which helps people get into work and access community and leisure activities.
Earlier this year Alternative Futures Group commissioned Pure Innovations to work closely with a number of people who it supports to help them access education, training and work opportunities.
Many of them are now working or learning new skills with Jason getting ready to produce and present a show about football on Pure 107.8 FM at the end of this month.
Neil Campbell, Chief Executive of Alternative Futures Group said: “Alternative Futures Group has helped thousands of people with learning disabilities and mental health needs and last year alone we enabled over 900 individuals to be successfully supported to build a life for themselves.
“We are proud to be celebrating 21 years of putting people at the heart of everything we do and this is another example of how we build our services around each individual to ensure that all people have choice.
“It can be difficult finding suitable employment or training opportunities but in just a couple of months there are already examples of the people we support being given jobs in local businesses, learning new skills and going to college to study.”
Jenny Newell, Pure Innovations’ Employment Officer said: “We’re really excited to be working in partnership with Alternative Futures Group helping people find new opportunities in employment, education and training. It’s hugely satisfying to see how each individual progresses as they make decisions about their futures and where they want be.”
About Alternative Futures Group
Alternative Futures Group Limited (AFG) is a leading provider of high quality services to adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in the North West of England. Our services are built around each individual and designed to ensure that all people have choice and control over the assistance they need to go about their daily lives and have equal access to housing, transport and mobility, health, employment and education and training opportunities. We work in partnership with the health and social care sector, commissioners, families and local communities and provide support, care and accommodation.