E|D|G|E was founded by three good friends and colleagues Nicky Harding, Jennifer Brown, and Becky Mills. The trio have worked together in supported employment for many years and between them have over 50 years' worth of industry experience.
Each bring with them vastly different skill set that complement each other exceptionally. Over the years the three have spotted many gaps in the market when it comes to supporting young people 11+ with special educational needs. The conventional education setting is not always right for every young person and there is a lack in community inclusion learning programmes that focus on employment, and getting young people ready for the world of work.
E|D|G|E is passionate and driven by working with individuals where school or college has not worked for them, and we strongly believe that every young person should be given the opportunity to succeed. We work collaboratively with local authorities and education settings to positively move young people onto the next stages of their lives. The team also specialise in supporting adults with disabilities look for work or already in work but facing difficulties, and will work with individuals and their employers to resolve issues whilst offering in-work support.
E|D|G|E are motivated by seeing people succeed and reach their full potential.
We want to prevent as many people as possible to fall through the gaps or not receive the right support.
I'm a wife and mum to young adults, and raising them whilst running a household means I've perfected the art of protecting, nurturing, challenging, and letting go.
I am passionate about being involved & supporting others to achieve their aspirations. As a pre-school registrar, school volunteer, and village society representative, I've worked alongside colleagues to raise much-needed funds to support local causes and enrich the community.
Sticking with people through the difficult times and seeing them build resilience along the way to reach their end goals, this I have found very rewarding during my 6 years in Supported Employment.
"I relish the thought of helping others to do well no matter how challenging the initial circumstance presents."
I'm a wife, mum, neighbour, and friend. My career began in 1994 whilst at the University of South Africa. After moving to the UK in 1999 my career shifted from Independent Living Support, to working in a Day Centre, and then finally into Supported Employment, where I have been for the last 18 years.
Here, I learnt that even the smallest of outcomes can create a ripple effect of success in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, friends, employers, colleagues and various communities.
Small achievements lead to big outcomes. I like to 'think outside the box' whilst finding creative ways to promote fairness, inclusion, independence and confidence in people.
"Knowledge is power, and I know that with the right training, support, and encouragement, anyone can achieve THEIR greatness!"
I'm a wife & mum to teens and young adults. I bring with me over 24 years experience of providing professional support to children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs across both the public and charity sectors.
The last 14 years have seen me work for and become a part of the senior leadership team for a local authority trading company (LATC), particularly managing the supported employment service which assist both employers and people with disabilities.
I have a proven track-record of delivering successful programmes. I thrive on problem solving and can spot gaps in the market, creative viable programmes with solutions for all stakeholders.
"I have a keen interest in working collaboratively with partners including local authorities, education providers and DWP to achieve shared goals."