Support helps Terry with world of work

19 June 2017

A Worcester man with learning disabilities has been given his first taste of the world of work, thanks to some help from his support workers.

Terry serving a customer at the Worcester Scope store.

A Worcester man with learning disabilities has been given his first taste of the world of work, thanks to some help from his support workers.

Terry Bridger, 29, moved into Sanctuary Supported Living’s Hazel Court service in November 2015, following a referral from Worcester City Council.

With assistance from his support workers, Terry has been able to find volunteer placements at two venues: the disability charity Scope’s local shop in Worcester and Wildgoose Rural Training.

His story is being shared as part of Learning Disabilities Week 2017 (19 – 25 June), which this year carries the theme of employment and looks to raise awareness of the low levels of employment among people with learning disabilities and the important benefits work can provide.

In addition to receiving support with medication, taking trips out and general prompts to remember tasks and chores, SSL staff assisted Terry to find volunteer placements with the two organisations to help provide a sense of purpose.

He volunteers at each venue twice a week, totalling around 15 hours of placement and, with enough experience under his belt, may be able to look towards paid employment.

Terry’s placement at Scope sees him stock shelves, sort donations and sell raffle tickets. His time at Wildgoose Rural Training is helping him develop skills in farming, animal care, gardening and cooking, while also providing communication and confidence.

Terry said: “I love working at Scope because I get to meet new people, and I like to help people.”

I love working at Scope because I get to meet new people, and I like to help people.

Terry Bridger, Resident

Local service manager Sara Brown said: “Terry first came to Hazel Court after moving out of his parents’ home, both of whom felt he would benefit from more independent accommodation.

“Taking on work experience in this manner has been a great benefit to him as it’s kept him occupied, motivated and allowed him to learn about things that interest him while helping the community. It’s been fantastic to see him so ready and willing to engage.”

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