Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 16.06.13TT2 has a long-standing track record of supporting disabled employees, stakeholders and members of the wider community, which is acknowledged by the partnership.

As the business charged with managing the Tyne Tunnels, TT2 Limited is proud to give continued support to the Tunnel 2K International Wheelchair Race, the world’s fastest wheelchair race, which is set to speed through the tunnels for the 15th year in 2016.

Contestants in the 2015 race included Paralympians David Weir and Josh Cassidy, with Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson performing starter’s duties.

In terms of employment, Matthew Ainsley, TT2’s Office Assistant, has been working with the business two days a week for the past three years. Matthew, who has Down’s Syndrome, never fails to arrive at work with a smile on his face, brightening up the day of the whole team.

He provides administrative support to the Office Co-ordinator, helping with a range of desk-based activities, including scanning, photocopying and labelling permit tags.

The job is Matthew’s first independent position and TT2 has supported him in the training required to become confident in travelling to and from work on public transport, no longer needing support and accompaniment from his carer.

TT2 Limited also runs an Education Business Partnership that conducts a range of activity, such as school visits to the site and outreach that sees staff go into schools. Many of the visits focus upon engagement with students with special educational needs.

Rachel Turnbull, Chief Executive of TT2 Limited, said: “TT2 Limited is committed to supporting people of all abilities, whatever their relationship with the business and with the Tyne Tunnels. Being a partner to Disability Confident is a great acknowledgement of the can-do and inclusive attitudes of all of the team.”