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November 2012 - Legacy Works!

Ellingham are working to ensure a Paralympic employment legacy in East London by helping businesses to benefit from employing job ready local people with disabilities.


London 2012 showcased what disabled people can achieve. The Legacy Works initiative, launched this winter by Ellingham in partnership with Working Links, aims to promote how disabled employees are capable of helping local business.


The initiative kicked off with an event at the headquarters of the British Olympic Association, where employers were briefed on the potential of programmes like Work Choice to enable them to tap into a disability market which is estimated to be worth over £80 Billion per year.  Delegates also learned about incentives that can be offered when recruiting candidates from the Work Choice programme – for example up to £2,275 can be accessed for employing a young person.


Guest speakers included Nick Nathan, Operations Director of food and juice bar chain Crussh, who have been working with Ellingham over the last 4 years and during this time have recruited a number of clients with learning disabilities.  Nick explained how employing disabled staff has been beneficial to Crussh, highlighting successes stories of disabled people Crussh have employed, and the positive support received from Ellingham.


Tom Storey, Director of construction apprenticeship specialists Reds 10 also spoke at the event.  Tom emphasised how crucial niche expertise offered by specialist disability organisations such as Ellingham is in enabling employers to retain disabled employees and develop best practise around social sustainability.  He also endorsed the suitability of candidates that Reds 10 have employed via programmes like Work Choice and urged providers to continue promoting the skills and qualities of disabled employees.

September 2012 - Changes At The Top

There has been a major re-structuring at management level within Ellingham.  This is the first major change since Ellingham commenced in 1985!


This week saw the start of the organisations new CEO Mark Kirk.



Mark underwent a very vigorous Interview process and was selected by the clients, staff and finally the Board of trustees.  ” He was very popular choice with the clients in particular and clearly deserved the selection from the other candidates”, commented Chris Bailey.


Mark comes to Ellingham at a crucial time in its development and his wealth of Management experience will be a great asset to the day to day operation s and its services phase.


Our Founder, Chris Bailey who has been at the helm of the Organisation as CEO since its inception, has, on the advice of his Doctor taken flexible retirement and has been offered the role of Executive Director – Corporate Affairs.

“My new role is to ensure the stability of the overall working structures at Ellingham and to oversee the work of the Board in meeting our clients’ needs.   We have come a long way since the early days of our service, and we still have a tremendous amount to offer our clients in East London.  Mark coming on to the team will reinforce our new direction and meet these challenges as we have always done.”


Within the restructuring Linda Bailey, Ellingham’s Manager – Finance and Business Development, will join Chris as Executive Director with responsibility for Contracts and Business development, highlighting the need to be ever conscious about long term and secure funding and business recognition in a fast growing area.



“It was a natural development as far as the Board were concerned, from the vast knowledge and experience that Linda has, that we have given Linda this role” says Peter Le Rasle, Chair of Ellingham’s Board of Trustees.  He continued, “With Chris, Ellingham’s founder utilising his in depth and wide Managerial experience and now Linda, we have a formidable principle team, we have full confidence will bring dividends to Ellingham’s overall Management and view the future with more expectation and excitement.”


The new Manager- Finance and Administration which will complete the Management team changes, will be advertised in due course.

May 2012 - Polish Ministers Visit Ellingham

A delegation of Polish MPs and influential disability leaders visited Ellingham as part of a 3 day fact-finding mission to London.


The party, which included Jaroslaw Duda, Poland’s Secretary of State - Minister for Disabled People, visited Ellingham’s Head Office on Monday 14 May to see how we help people with disabilities get back to work. In particular they were interested to find out about the specialist DWP Work Choice programme.

 Whilst at Ellingham, the ministers spoke to some of Ellingham’s clients about their experiences.  They were even served refreshments by a group of customers who had recently undertaken a customer service training course designed to make them more employable.


Linda Bailey, Manager of Finance and Business Development at Ellingham, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to share our long established expertise with the ministers.  Specialist knowledge and tailored support is vital in order to enable disabled people to access employment as well as to maintain and progress within their jobs.”


Shelley Cook, Operations Manager at our Work Choice prime contractor Working Links, said: “It was great to show the ministers the success that we, through our network of talented partners like Ellingham, have been having. The Work Choice programme is all about focusing on a person’s ability rather than disability.”

May 2012 - Catering For The Community

Ellingham Catering Service continues to go from strength to strength. 

 Since starting out last year we have been running lunch and snack bar services at two local cafes, as well as providing a professional hospitality and buffet catering service.  We have served food at a variety of formal events recently, including to a delegation of Polish government ministers, and also at a special Mayoral lunch held at Waltham Forest Council Chambers.


Indeed the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Geoff Walker, was particularly impressed:  “The lunch that you provided was of excellent quality and beautifully prepared and served by your clients.  I know the visiting Mayors enjoyed it very much and left Waltham Forest with a very positive impression of the work Ellingham are doing.”



The objective of Ellingham Catering Service is to operate as a social enterprise and offer vocational training and employment opportunities for vulnerable adults.  Volunteering and work experience opportunities are offered to service users who wish to progress towards employment in catering.  Ellingham can also offer accredited training and food hygiene training to supplement work experience.


If you would like to know more, or would like Ellingham to cater for your event, please contact rosemary.clark@ellingham.org.uk

March 2012 - View Ellingham on BBC 1

Ellinghams recent feature on the BBC 1 Saints and Scroungers documentary is now available to view on line.

See how we are helping to change lives through the commitment of our staff and the specialist support that our programmes provide.

You can view the edited down version of the programme HERE...

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