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RIDI calls for employers to take part in Manpower cricket match

RIDI is urging employers to take part in Manpower’s visually impaired (VI) cricket match on Tuesday 30th May.

RIDI is now calling on employers to enter players into the event, which will take place at Lambrook School in Ascot, Berkshire, on Tuesday 30th May. The match aims to build on the success of a similar event last year that raised awareness about people with disabilities and the largely untapped pool of talent they can offer employers. VI cricket match At Manpower’s first event of this kind last year, a team of Manpower employees wearing blindfolds and simspecs played a match against the UK Women’s VI team. You can see photos of some action from last year’s event by clicking here.

Learn more about disabled talent and help cut the disability employment gap Kate Headley, Chair of the RIDI Awards Judging Panel, said: “This event is a great way to encourage employers and recruiters to learn more about people with disabilities and how they can tap into this underused talent pool.”

“There are nearly 12 million disabled people in the UK, but 79 per cent do not have a job and there is a disability employment gap of around 30 per cent, or just over two million people. “On behalf of RIDI I would urge employers to take part in this year’s event.”

Why don’t you get involved this year?

Event organiser Gary Dunford, who is a Solution Architect for Manpower, said: “We want to build upon the success of last year’s event and are very keen to broaden participation to include clients and other employers.

“It might be a little daunting to be blindfolded while having a ball bowled at you from 22 yards away, but you might be surprised at how far confidence and a determination to succeed for the team will take you.

“The emphasis of the day is to concentrate on what a person is able to achieve, rather than how they may be limited. And I can assure that everyone will have fun along the way.”

Gary added: “We want more people to feel the benefit of inclusion as opposed to just hearing about it.”

Contact Gary Dunford now if you want to take part

If you want to take part in this year’s Manpower VI cricket event please contact Gary Dunford by email – gary.dunford@manpowergroup.com – or call him on 07958 222414.