Making a Difference

Our mission at The Right to Work CIC is focused on making a difference in the lives of those with learning disabilities. Working with local businesses, we provide meaningful opportunities for our ‘Supported Volunteers’ to contribute their talents, enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills whilst at work – in doing so individuals are making a valuable contribution within the community.

Our Story

After many years working in education, specialising in Learning Disabilities and autism, our founder, Debbie Lyall, was aware of how few good opportunities existed for her students upon leaving college. The more able amongst the students were unable to obtain suitable work and had nothing to do year after year, those who were less able often faced many days each week spent at home or within the more traditional day services which were often passive and unchallenging. Debbie created The Right to Work (TRTW) in October of 2012, starting with work at Staunton Country Park. She and 8 Supported Volunteers completed a variety of jobs within the park – the provision has grown a bit since then!

What our supported volunteers say about the service?

“I never dreamt I’d be able to do the things I do every day with TRTW, it’s changed my life”

“People love my artwork – that makes me feel great”

“I am the head chef at Hewitt’s”

“I never dreamt I’d be able to do the things I do every day with TRTW, it’s changed my life”

“I’ve walked over 17,000 steps whilst working at Staunton today, I’m tired but happy”

“I never thought I would work – just look at what I do here, it’s amazing”


What people say about our teams

The Staunton Country Park acknowledges that “The Right To Work supported volunteers make a huge and valued contribution across the entire site. Watching the individuals grow in confidence, enthusiasm and ability is impressive.”

The Regular Dinners at Hewitt’s Community cafe can’t thank the team enough- “Coming to Hewitt’s each day is a life line to us, eating a fabulous lunch, cooked and served by a friendly and kind young people gives us a real boost.”

Visitors to our Art Exhibitions say “The work shown here is uplifting and exciting, the artists show huge talent.”