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Save the Date: I Can Make a Pledge

Wednesday 31 January 2018

You are invited to the I Can Make a Pledge event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to help celebrate the end of the first phase of the I Can Make It project, led by Disability Rights UK and funded by Comic Relief

Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Time: 10am start followed by networking lunch; optional afternoon workshops
Venue: Financial Times Office, One Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HL
Cost: Free of charge

The I Can Make It (ICMI) campaign by Disability Rights UK will come to the end of its first phase, funded by Comic Relief, in March 2018. The campaign was launched to create job opportunities for young disabled people by generating social value in the procurement of public services. See our website for more background information on the campaign

With the help of our Champions, all of whom are young disabled people, we have made significant progress to date. We’ve supported procurement teams and commissioners in several local authorities nationally with their social value policies and processes; met with MPs, Councillors and Mayors to gain political support; and we’ve evolved to offer support in social value to corporate businesses. We’ve left almost no corner of England untouched, having met with local authorities in the southwest through to the northeast…and that was just one week of the campaign! Our Champions have also progressed, gaining knowledge, confidence and skills.

The event:
All of this is fantastic and a credit to our Champions, but what really matters now is creating real jobs for real people. Until we see more young disabled people gaining and keeping employment as a direct result of the campaign, we won’t have achieved our desired outcome. The “I Can Make a Pledge” event is intended to bring together all the
friends we’ve made so far – in addition to inviting some new friends – as we come to the close of this first phase. We are asking all of the local authorities and businesses to either pledge a specific number of jobs for young disabled people, or pledge to make it a requirement of some of the services that they contract. We’ll be asking Mayors and Councillors for a pledge of more political support. Pledges can be made in advance of the event (see details below), or on the day. How and what you decide to pledge is up to you, but we will support you with your aims. The event will also be a fantastic opportunity to meet our Champions, chat to the ICMI and Disability Rights UK team, make new contacts and discuss ideas on getting more young disabled people into employment. We will also have some fantastic guest speakers. An agenda will be sent to confirmed guests nearer the time.

Please put the date in your diary now but above all, have a think about what your organisation can do to give young disabled people an opportunity to participate in your workforce. You can e-mail us anytime with your pledge or any queries at: or call us on 0207 250 8180

Formal invitations will follow in the New Year – please either share this message, or let us know of anyone else who you think may be interested in attending.

Disability Rights UK extends its thanks to The Financial Times for kindly hosting this event for us.

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