Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for  Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed local resident, Anil Sharma, who is carrying out work experience with his local MP. Anil, who has cerebral palsy, volunteers with Leonard Cheshire, a national charity supporting people to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.

Currently just half of disabled people in the UK are employed (51%), compared with eight in 10 non-disabled people (81%). Leonard Cheshire has been campaigning to improve access to employment for disabled people through its Untapped Talent campaign.

Anil applied for work experience at Emma Reynolds’ office to gain valuable workplace skills. His responsibilities throughout the week will include responding to casework from constituents, assisting with press releases and accompanying Emma on constituency visits.

Through Leonard Cheshire, Anil has been actively involved in political events, including delivering speeches to Ministers, MPs and disability organisations about the barriers he has faced in finding employment.

Anil said ahead of his work experience placement: “This work experience placement means a lot to me as this will broaden my skill-set. I am looking forward to meeting many influential people and making new contacts. It will be a great opportunity to learn what being a politician involves, particularly what it takes to manage issues within their constituency and on a national level.”

Emma said, “I want to thank Anil for doing work experience in my office. Anil is a fantastic advocate for better access to employment for disabled people. I am very pleased to support Leonard Cheshire excellent Untapped Talent campaign which seeks to highlight the barriers that can prevent disabled people from finding employment.”

July 2018