PIES WITH PURPOSE.
HANDMADE by CHEFS with a LEARNING DISABILITY
Unity Pies is part of Unity Works, a charitable organisation supporting adults with a learning disability to access training and employment opportunities. Unity Works runs a range of social enterprises as vehicle to support their mission.
When our hospitality businesses were forced to close due to the pandemic, our trainees came up with an idea to make a product for people to eat at home or as a take-away. The Unity Pies project was born.
THE DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT GAP.
Most adults with a learning disability would love to work; but only 6% of adults with a learning disability are employed*.
The government has committed to halve the disability gap and progress is being made - but the impact of COVID has slowed this momentum. At Unity Works, we see a business case for creating job opportunities for adults with a learning disability, as it benefits them, employers and wider society.
*Source: 6% of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in England are in paid work (NHS Digital 2018).
Disability awareness training for employers.
UNITY WORKS -
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE.
Unity Works believes that everyone can work and has the right to enjoy all the financial, social and health benefits that result from being in meaningful employment. What Unity Works does best is train employees and employers to make this happen. It’s a business with a mission at its heart - a social enterprise.
Unity Works was established as an independent charity in 2019, spun out of the Camden Society to build on 20 years’ experience of developing award-winning social enterprises and specialist employment training. It is now part of the Thera Group, a charitable group of companies and social enterprises committed to providing appropriate support and opportunity to people with a learning disability.
A Unity Works trainee who went on to a front-of-house role at The Royal Opera House.