Hedleys Employability’s CAN Conference is a huge success

The Change Attitudes Now Conference organised by Hedleys Employability proved to be a huge success at the beginning of December.

There was a packed house of 200 at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle for the event, which aimed to challenge the disability employment gap. The Government has pledged to halve the gap – currently 33.1 per cent – by 2020.

Minister for Disabled People, Work and Pensions, Sarah Newton, joined several speakers including Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, Liz Sayce, who all had their say on what the country could be doing better to get more disabled people into work.

It was a huge team effort to make the conference a success with several areas of the Foundation working together and contributing. Students from Hedleys College volunteered on the day, welcoming and assisting delegates, while Barry, who attends Hedleys Studios at the Orion Project interviewed some of the speakers for Hedleys Radio. Hedleys Printworks also provided the signs and banners which made the room look great.

CAN Conference Podcast


We received some fantastic feedback from attendees. Check out some of their comments:

Kelly: Thank you @percyhedley! A great event! Really enjoyed it and met some great people! Learnt a few things too!

Kate: Great conference! Spread the word #CAN

Bell Group: We’ve had a great and very positive day in #Newcastle at the #CANConference for the @percyhedley Foundation today. Thank you for inviting us. #PositiveAttitude