Our mission and values
Our mission is to provide disabled people with Work Experience, Skills Training and Employment. We help them to achieve greater independence, become more integrated into the community and where possible move them on to mainstream employment.
Our values are:
▪ To support equal opportunities and diversity, enabling each person to develop to their full potential
▪ To deliver comprehensive, high quality and competitively priced services to our commercial customers
▪ To assist disabled people into mainstream employment
▪ To develop the skills of disabled people to the highest standards
▪ To build the confidence and experience of our workforce
WATFORD SHELTERED WORKSHOP HISTORY
The Workshop was officially opened by the Mayor on 10th June 1964
From 1963 – 1998, the Company operated under the umbrella of Herts County Council, in terms of funding, but not management. It was decided thereafter that the funding received by the County Council from the Department of Employment would be paid direct to the Workshop. The Workshop still retains a strong relationship with County Council and operates as a training agent for a number of the Council’s clients.
Management of the Workshop is operated by a Board of Trustee Directors (one of whom is nominated by Herts County Council). The Board of Trustees do not receive any remuneration for their activities, operating on a purely voluntary basis.
We have a committed management team who look after the day to day operations and an enthusiastic group of volunteers who assist in a wide range of areas.
Each week, the Workshop is attended by up to 50 disabled people with a variety of backgrounds and abilities.
I have successfully completed that training
I am one of the youngest people at Watford Workshop. I volunteered as a Workshop Assistant in 2011. Then I was taken on as a Warehouse Apprentice and I have successfully completed that training, which includes a full week getting qualified to drive a forklift truck – which isn’t that easy. As well as doing production in the workshop and driving the forklift, I now help our chef to cook healthy lunches – and I am the chef one day a week. In my spare time, I help Tom to teach disabled children to sail on Rickmansworth Aquadrome.
Adam, WorkChoice Service User