A potted history!
The Smart Enterprise actually started life as an activity session in a large local authority day service – a group of people with learning disabilities took part in a “Train the Trainer” course, to enable them to get involved in delivering training to the council’s care staff.
As time went on, their services became more and more in demand – but working out of a large day centre meant that it became increasingly difficult to manage all the competing priorities!
Eventually, one member of staff, Laura, realised the potential of the group and decided to resign from her nice secure job and set up her own company – that way she could officially employ the trainers, pay them properly for their hard work and concentrate on providing awesome training and events all at the same time! Thus, in April 2011, the Smart Enterprise was born!
Sarah used to commission the Smart Enterprise in her role in public sector training. However, she was so inspired by Laura and the team that she also took the plunge, left her job and joined forces with them in October 2012.
The Smart Enterprise aims to help people to recognise the abilities and potential of disabled people and to challenge some of those stereotypes and prejudices about what it means to have a disability.
We want to:
promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities to other organisations and to try and break down barriers to employment
promote the benefits to business of offering great service to customers with disabilities and show you how easy it can be to make ‘’reasonable adjustments’
ensure that social care staff have the skills they need to provide high quality, personalised support to people with disabilities.
Over to you!
You can find out more about the Team members. Check out our Training pages for more details of the courses we offer, and have a look at the Conferences page to catch up with our recent or planned events. You can always sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with what we’re doing, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
We believe that our team, especially those who have first hand experience of living with disabilities, can offer powerful, motivating learning experiences, challenge preconceptions, and ultimately change the way people think about disability.
Why not get in touch, and find out if we can do the same for you?