Learning disability charity launches bookselling business

9:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

By Ruth Halkon

A charity will pave the way to paid work for people with learning disabilities when it launches its own book selling business.

Langdon, which launched a supported living community in Borehamwood last year, is opening E-Traders, a new social enterprise based in the town.

The centre will give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to gain social and work skills by selling books through Amazon.

A central warehouse and book sorting area in Borehamwood will offer a place of work and training for the vulnerable youth and adults Langdon supports.

Money from the books sold will be reinvested in the business, giving more people a start on the employment ladder.   

All Aboard, whose chain of charity shops benefits Jewish charities, will donate books for sale. The enterprise already has access to 15,000 books.

Langdon’s director of operations Dianne Martin said: “The launch of E-Traders underlines Langdon’s commitment to providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to learn about the world of work.

“Those working in this exciting new social enterprise will develop core skills and gain experience that helps increase their confidence and improves their chances of finding paid work.”

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