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Our Vision

Fulfilled lives for people with learning disabilities

As we begin 2022, the Trustees and fund-raising committee at Mission EmployAble are delighted to report that we have only £125,841 still to raise. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have joined us on our journey and supported our fund-raising campaign.

Work Has Started On Our New Building
Very excitingly, the old cricket clubhouse was demolished in November and work on the new pavilion has started. In keeping with our commitment to communities on both sides of the county boundary, we commissioned Jane Duncan Architects from Little Chalfont in Bucks to design the building and Boom from St Albans in Herts to build it - and are confident you will be impressed when the building opens in late summer/autumn 2022.

Our Wonderful Supporters
Throughout 2021, we have been touched and overwhelmed by the goodwill and generosity of so many individuals and organisations. We are extremely grateful to you all and to our energetic fund- raising team, who refused to be defeated by successive lockdowns and organised a range of events, large and small, that really caught the imagination of all sections of the community. The print and online support of Chorleywood Magazine, My Chorleywood News and Chorleywood Residents’ Association magazine has proved invaluable in publicising our events.

Our First Interns Have Started

Of course, we never lose sight of why we are raising funds, so it was a special day for us all when, on 6 September, we welcomed our first interns, who come from Herts and Bucks, when they started our Supported Internship programme, in conjunction with the Bucks College Group.

They are being trained by Cass Langham, our wonderful new Training Manager, ably helped by Chorleywood resident Jackie Quirk as assistant trainer. Already, the interns are stunning us with their skills, enthusiasm and commitment. Best of all, they are clearly enjoying their on-the-job training at the Beaumont care home for the elderly, as well as their formal classes, which are currently being held at the Junction, Christ Church

Could You Employ One Of Our interns?

Employers tell us that adults with a learning disability are hard-working, reliable, eager to please and popular with both colleagues and customers. All they need is a sympathetic employer and some initial support in their role. With our help, you can easily become a ‘disability friendly’ employer. You will soon see that employing a young adult with a learning disability is as rewarding for you as it is for them.

If you think you can offer part-time paid work to one of our interns once they finish their training, click here to view the flyer, or please contact: erica@missionemployable.co.uk

Our Vision

Our vision is ‘fulfilled lives for people with learning disabilities’. We believe in people with learning disabilities leading fulfilled lives by reaching their full potential, being afforded opportunities to train and be employed, being valued in the workplace and playing an active role in their local community.

Mission EmployAble is a social enterprise charity working in partnership with The Chorleywood Cricket Club, located on Chorleywood Common. The shared ambition of Mission EmployAble and the Chorleywood Cricket Club is to build a new cricket pavilion on the existing site which will also house a new Mission EmployAble café and training centre staffed by people with learning disabilities and run for the benefit of cricketers and the local community.



Partnering with the Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC), Mission EmployAble is now fund raising to build a new cricket pavilion on the existing pavilion site which will also house a new Mission EmployAble café and training centre staffed by people with learning disabilities, that will be run by Mission EmployAble for the benefit of cricketers and the local community.

The café will be staffed by people with learning disabilities who will be taught catering skills, front-of-house and general work skills, to assist preparation for work.

We invite local businesses to engage with us so that they can see for themselves what our future candidates are capable of doing and what benefits they could bring to their businesses and to the local community.



Our new Café will provide a bespoke and supported employment scheme for young adults with learning disabilities. Each candidate will complete a Learning, Employment and Progression Diploma in affiliation with a local College.

Candidates will cover core units such as Communicating Effectively with Customers, Food and Hygiene Safety and Creating a Tailored CV. Bespoke units include Crossing Roads for Pedestrians and Using Money for Shopping. These units will be delivered alongside in-house work placements at our Café.

The in-house work placements will provide a perfect opportunity for candidates to learn new skills in a real work environment. They will also allow candidates to build their confidence in a safe work environment, where making mistakes is seen as a valuable part of the learning process. This part of the work programme will be underpinned by the systematic instruction process.



Captain’s Charity Golf Event

Posted: 11th August 2022

Date: Saturday 27th August
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Location: Hazlemere Golf Club
Tickets: £25 per adult. £15 children under 16

• Superb trick shot routine by Dean Davis
• Barbeque at 7:15pm included with ticket
• Major raffle prizes to be won
• Fun for all the family

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The Willow Tree

Updated: 25th July 2022

An Art Installation With Personal Inscriptions for Cricket Club

A new art installation representing the leaves of a willow tree, has been specially commissioned from artist, Claudia Ashely-Brown for the entrance to the new Cricket Club pavilion on the Common.

The tree will have 500 bronze, orange, silver and gold metallic painted leaves, which can be inscribed with a personal message, costing between £200 and £500, with the payments divided between the Cricket Club and the charity Mission EmployAble.

Mission EmployAble, whose training Café on the Common for young adults with learning disabilities will be housed within the new pavilion, has 125 orange leaves for sale, price £250 each.

Payments for the remaining leaves, which are in bronze (£200), silver (£300) and gold (£500), will go to the Cricket Club’s fund for the new building.

Erica Bendall, chair of Mission EmployAble’s fundraising committee said: “We hope the community, who have been behind us from the start, will continue to support us by buying a leaf and perhaps inscribing it with a dedication to a loved one. For dog lovers and cricketers alike, we also have some gorgeous dogs and puppies playing under the tree along with several balls and a set of cricket stumps. The bats have all been sold I’m afraid.

This is a wonderful way to raise money and to celebrate the lives of young adults with learning disabilities and the game of cricket, one leaf at a time.”

The deadline for buying and inscribing leaves is 12th September.

Download Flyer click here for details


‘Under The Stars’ Music Quiz Night

Posted: 25th July 2022

Three Peaks Challenge for Ricky Data Company

Posted 25th May 2022

Johnny Rice

A group of 12 employees from data solutions company, Sagacity, that began life in Rickmansworth over fifteen years ago, are participating in the Three Peaks Challenge on 24 June to help raise money for our training café inside Chorleywood Cricket Club’s new pavilion and for the charity Children with Cancer.

The team of Ben Hodge, Charlotte O’Connor, Costas Christoforou, James Spencer, Johnny Rice (who lives locally and plays cricket for Chorleywood CC), Michael Paul, Owen Chesney, Raj Saimbhi, Walter Ramos, Jamie Crouch, Michael O’Neil and David Mattock will be taking on the challenge.

Ben Hodge of Sagacity said: “Our expedition will begin on 24 June and we aim to complete the challenge in the early hours of 25 June. We’re all looking forward to getting stuck in and raising as much as we can for two fantastic charities.”

The Three Peaks Challenge takes place in the three peaks of Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon, a total ascent of 3064m and 23 miles, tackled in three stages over 24 hours.

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Local Charity donates
£2k for computers

Posted 8th June 2022

We chose this charity because we love what they are doing ie empowering young adults with disability to live a fuller life which matches our mission.

Our vision is that all children and young adults deserve 'A Brighter Future'.

We are a young local charity run by women who live in Herts and Middlesex - We support a range of good causes both internationally in the poorest parts of the world as well as local charities which also work towards empowering women and children.

"We curate Art events and look forward to local women who are interested in the Arts with an element of social to join us at our events" says Alka Shah Chair of KindHeART Charity.

Erica Bendall said "We are delighted that KindHeART charity reached out to us and we are looking forward to working together for future projects."


Building Relationships with St Clement Danes

Posted 27th May 2022

We are delighted that St Clement Danes has supported us during this academic year, we are looking forward to increasing opportunities for their students to be involved with Mission EmployAble. The charity will continue to benefit from a number of their whole school fundraising efforts as our relationship develops over the coming years. In addition we will see a number of their Sixth Form students extending their community service to work with the Mission EmployAble team and interns.

"We are delighted to work with a charity at the heart of our Chorleywood community, especially one that is focused on training and education for young people - and provides the prospect of a café with delicious food!" - Toby Sutherland, Headteacher

Stop Press - Tickets On Sale Now For Two Events

Posted: 19th May 2022

‘Under The Stars’ Music Quiz Night

Friday 22nd July, 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Nr Chorleywood

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Golf Day In Aid Of Chorleywood Cricket Club’s New Pavilion

Wednesday 14th September 2022
Moor Park Golf Club
Only one Four Ball ticket left!

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Our Community Know How To Reach Out!

Posted 8th June 2022

A big thank you to friends and supporters whose support has made it possible for the New Pavilion and Mission EmployAble to be near completion.

“In the last five months alone, people have baked cakes, sung their hearts out, competed at Bridge, organised an all-school charities week and donned their sports gear, raising more than £14,000” says a delighted Erica Bendall.

Sums raised in past five months:

  • St Clement Danes students’ charity week: £3,003
  • Chorleywood Golf Club Captain’s Charity: £3,264
  • Ladies’ section of the Golf Club’s online Bridge drive and other donations: £989
  • Community Choir and Christ Church cake concert: £1,176
  • Lucy and Helen ran a half marathon on 28 March: £1000+
  • Bluebell Walk and woodland café on 23 & 24 April: £5,234


Bluebell Walk & Pop-Up Woodland Café

Updated: 26th April 2022

A Family Day Out & Afternoon Teas

"The seas of bluebells were quite magical, especially when the sun broke through the pale green of the tree canopy, and I had a real sense of people coming alive after a long hibernation: Happy families enjoying the privilege of a new place to explore and a fun pop up café." - Rachel Hatfield

Photos courtesy of Simon Varnals. Video courtesy of Tim Harris.

Chorleywood Cricket Club receives £75,000

Posted: 25th March 2022

“Chorleywood Cricket Club has been an established part of Hertfordshire for nearly 200 years. By upgrading their current facilities, the club can continue to serve the local community for many years to come.”

“I’m pleased that HS2 can leave a positive legacy through supporting the continued growth of the club. I would encourage any organisation that can demonstrate that they have been impacted by the construction of HS2 to also apply for funding”.

Cathy Elliott, Independent Chair of the HS2 Funds

“We would like to thank HS2’s Community and Environment Fund for their generous grant, which is being used to construct the new pavilion. HS2’s CEF contribution has helped ensure that the club will be able to provide cricket for generations to come and will enable our partners, Mission EmployAble, to provide training for young adults with learning disabilities. The combination of the cricket club and the café will allow the whole community to enjoy the pavilion all year round.""

Steve Dunning, Chair of Chorleywood Cricket Club


Fly Me To The Moon!

Posted: 24th February 2022

Looking to expand the team!

Posted: 25th January 2022

We're looking to expand our team and require an experienced part-time trainer for our year long Supported Internships programme, which began on 6th September, 2021. This is an exciting role and the successful candidate will have an understanding of young people with a learning disability, together with a can-do attitude and passion to help our Interns become work-ready.


Please Support Us

Updated: 8th June 2022

We are running the Weston-Super Half Marathon on Sunday 27th March 2022 and hoping to raise as much money as possible for Mission EmployAble

Did you know there are currently 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK, almost 94% of whom are either unemployed or doing voluntary work?

We have chosen Mission EmployAble as our cause because it offers a unique training opportunity for young adults with learning disabilities, helping them to build their confidence and giving them work experience, all in one place, via an internship.

During their internship, the young people are fully supported and have a dedicated trainer, with classes in Maths and English too. This will give them every chance to earn a living once their training ends.

Helen and I both have siblings with learning disabilities and so we understand the importance of this scheme. Nothing like it existed back in our day!

We started our training on the 9th January, so we will keep you updated with how we are doing. We completed Royal Parks Half Marathon for Human Milk Foundation last autumn so we have had some practice!



Hitting A Happy Note At 97

Updated: 8th June 2022

You are never too old to raise money for Mission EmployAble!

The oldest member of the Ukulele players that has raised funds for us by performing for care home residents, church groups and afternoon tea sessions amongst themselves, is 97-year-old Sheila Pratt, who plays the tambourine for the Northwood and District U3a Ukulele Group.

The group raised more than £1,027 for Mission EmployAble after nominating us as their chosen charity. We're delighted to see that they continue to raise funds for us.

This fabulous group, which was founded in 2016, chose us as ‘a worthwhile project’ and said they hoped their contribution will ‘make a difference.’ It certainly has with 2021 being a bumper year for new fund-raising groups just like Maureen Crimmin and her friends becoming part of the Mission family.

We can’t wait to invite them over for a cup of tea on the house as soon as we are open.


Strictly Fundraising - A Northwood Club Makes Us Their Chosen Charity For 2021/22

Updated: 8th June 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Northwood Area Women’s Club (NAWC) has made Mission EmployAble their Charity of the Year, May 2021 - May 2022.

NAWC members are well known in their community for helping a variety of good causes through social events and fund-raising initiatives and have committed to supporting Mission EmployAble over the last 12 months.

One of NAWC’s most popular activities is a weekly FITSTEPS Dancercise class, led by former UK Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion Suzanne Newbert.The ladies have been incredible busy raising a staggering £3,046 with a monthly raffle, Ladies who Lunch, ABC Sale, along with their Christmas Market including selling Mission EmployAble's Christmas cards. Pam Greening and Lynette Morrow presented the cheque to Katharine Weston on the 12th May.

“We are delighted to receive NAWC fund-raising cheque today, it has been a great partnership with the ladies and we are looking forward to seeing them at the Café when we open in early Autumn.” says Katharine Weston

Photos courtesy of Cindy Kane

The Willow Tree

An Art Installation With Personal Inscriptions for Cricket Club

This is a wonderful way to raise money and to celebrate the lives of young adults with learning disabilities and the game of cricket, one leaf at a time.