Laundry aims to continue helping disabled into work

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St Jude's Laundry has operated in Edinburgh for more than half a century

19th December 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

An Edinburgh charity has been showcasing its commitment to help disabled people into work.

St Jude’s Laundry hosted a meet and greet event this week, welcoming guests for a tour of the city’s only industrial laundry.

The charity aims to provide employment opportunities for disabled people in Scotland, and the laundry is staffed by individuals with mental health, physical or learning disabilities. 

It was founded by Capability Scotland in 1963 and is now operated by Forth Sector, in partnership with major UK disability employment charity, Shaw Trust.

The laundry serves customers such as Spire Health Care Limited, Edinburgh University, Scottish Youth Hostel Association and Lush Spa.

Iain Grieve, chief operating officer of St Jude’s Laundry, said: “We are proud to showcase to our customers and stakeholders the important work St Jude’s Laundry undertakes in Scotland’s social business sector.

“Forth Sector employs 24 local people living with a disability, who each play a vital role in the business. Working together with Forth Sector, Shaw Trust, and the private, public and third sectors, we want to help create more opportunities for disabled people and make a significant difference to narrowing Scotland’s disability employment gap.”