A TOWN centre store which gives retail and business training skills to adults with learning disabilities has re-opened after being refurbished.
Stages, in Queen Street, Huddersfield, sells cards, jewellery, ornaments, pictures and original gifts made by local artists and some by people with a disability.
The shop is part of the Realistic Employment for Adults with Learning Disability (Real) employment scheme.
It provides training in customer care, stocktaking, health and safety and money and business running skills. All profits from the shop are re-invested in the project.
Stages, which opened in February 1999, got its name from the stages in the training process - from the initial referral to training in a unit and finally moving into work.
Real is managed by Kirklees Social Services and works closely with local employers. It helps people with learning disabilities to find jobs and to receive training and support at work.
Clr Dennis Hullock, Kirklees cabinet member with responsibility for health and social care, said: "Stages provides an outlet for crafts people and artists to sell their work – and somewhere for shoppers to buy an original gift."
Employers and anyone else wanting to know more about the Real Employment Scheme should contact Claire Mitchell on 01484 223550.