It helps them gain new skills and increase their independence. The charity's vision is for disabled people to have the same opportunities in life as everybody else.
Nearly one in five people of working age in Great Britain have a disability. There are 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for, and want to, work. But only 48% of disabled people of working age are in employment compared with 78% of non-disabled people.
QEF provide vocational services including qualifications, work experience and employability skills. They have courses in business skills, IT, and trades including horticulture, painting and decorating.
Berkeley Homes (Southern) have partnered with QEF and are planning to provide work experience and site visits for their trainees, as well as making a big donation of show home furniture for QEF to sell in its local shop. They will also be fundraising through an annual go-karting event, to help QEF to continue providing these much needed services. The first two go-karting events raised a combined £19,269 for the charity and this was match funded by the Berkeley Group back to the Berkeley Foundation, taking the total to £38,538.