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Greetings cards line launched in Essex

A range of greetings cards designed by customers who access ECL services is now on sale in some Essex libraries and ECL support hubs. The cards were created as part of an activity at the ECL wellbeing hubs as a way of showcasing some of the customers’ creative skils and celebrating their work.


ECL (Essex Cares Ltd) is a care and wellbeing company set up by Essex County Council as a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) in 2009, to provide adult social care services across the county. ECL work alongside adults with learning disabilities who have a range of care and support needs and help them live their life in the way they choose.


ECL customers were asked to draw a design for a greeting card to be sold in Essex libraries as well as ECL wellbeing hubs as part of a pilot. Lots of ECL customers took part and from their work some of the designs were chosen for an initial pilot.


The winning designs were then printed, packaged and distributed by ECL’s own Work Based Training enterprises. Work Based Training gives adults with learning disabilities the chance to gain knowledge, skills and experience for possible future employment.


Keir Lynch, Chief Executive of ECL, said: “We are delighted to see the launch of the greetings cards and to showcase the work of some of our customers. Activities like these go on all the time in ECL services and it’s great to be able to recognise our customers’ achievements. For me what is really special about the greetings cards is the journey from concept to the end product has involved our customers.”


Meanwhile Leader of Essex County Council Cllr David Finch added: “It is wonderful to see the greetings cards on display and that some of our Essex libraries are able to support the launch. Our libraries often sell a wide variety of charity cards with some visitors coming in specifically to buy them so we are hoping that the ECL greeting cards will be equally as popular. It’s another great initiative from ECL in the work they do to support adults with learning disabilities to enjoy life and learn new skills.”


ECL Chief Executive, Keir Lynch (right) and Leader of Essex Country Council Cllr David Finch (left) presenting ECL customer Christine Booth (middle) with a certificate for her role in the production of the greetings cards range.

ECL Chief Executive, Keir Lynch

ECL customer, Christine Booth with a certificate to recognise her work involvment in the greetings cards project. Christine is pictured next to the range of greetings cards currently on ofer.

ECL customer, Christine Booth

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