Online shop launched by adults with learning disabilities

Customers supported by Essex Cares Limited (ECL) have successfully launched a brand new online shop, selling unique products designed and made by adults with learning disabilities.

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female with learning disabilities making a mosaic tile.

ECL’s customers have started to sell a range of bespoke products at www.ecl.org/shop.

When asked about their thoughts on the new shop, ECL’s customers said:

It feels good, I feel very helpful. I’m very happy doing it.

Jamie Rayment, Saffron Carpentry

I help cut up all of the wood for the things we sell, I feel proud of the work we do.

Roy Swain, Saffron Carpentry​

The products are created by ECL’s Work Based Training enterprises; enabling adults with learning disabilities to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in a variety of sectors, enhancing their opportunities for employment in the future.

We see this as a great way to offer products made by our customers with learning disabilities to a broader range of people. It’s another important step in helping our customers become independent and enjoy the benefits of employment. We want our customers to have the same aspirations as everyone else and it’s great to think that at some point in the future their products will be being shipped worldwide.

Keir Lynch, Chief Executive, ECL

All products are handmade and include keyrings, mosaics, greeting cards, wooden plant pots and a hanging bird feeder.

Visit www.ecl.org/shop to find out more about our new online shop.

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