Ellen who is supported by New Directions at the charity’s day activities service is attending a course called ‘Ready for Employment’ at her local college for three days a week. She finishes the course at the end of June and would like to find work helping people. Ellen will be assessed on her coursework and has been studying all about citizenship.
Ellen said, “I have made a lot of friends at college and that is the best thing. The college staff are helpful and I like my tutor. I think the course will help me to find a job. I am enjoying going to New Directions day activities in horse riding, drama and dancing on the days I am not in college, it gives me more confidence. It’s a bit scary leaving college but I have the best keyworker at New Directions. I think finding a job will be a challenge so I am glad that New Directions will be supporting me to find work in the future.”
Kyle is supported by New Directions at a supported living complex and has been helped to access the community in his own wheelchair friendly mobility vehicle for over a year now. His days out have included a trip to the zoo, visits to nearby towns and cities, an outing to the cinema, health appointments, meals out, day activities and many shopping trips for essentials although he would like to venture further afield and go on a short holiday to Blackpool for a few days.
Kyle said, “I feel safe in the car, I wouldn’t have as much choice about where I go without it. The more staff that use it the easier it is to get in and out and it’s comfortable. I have more choice and freedom with the car. I would not be able to visit family without the car as my dad is a named driver and I can go to my family home for a lot of hours. It’s great in the car because I can listen to my music when I go out and about.”
Rob who lives at one of New Directions’ supported living flats has been working at a brand new local discount store for sixteen hours a week since April 2017. He previously worked at a large supermarket, where he was trained to work on the checkout. He likes to get out of the flat, walks 20 minutes to get to work and looks forward to chatting to customers.
Rob said “I work four days a week and that includes five hours on a Saturday when it’s busy. I know how to take card payments, but have now learned how to do contactless ones, which is a good skill to have. Before the shop opened in May I was stocking shelves, but now I am enjoying making new friends and meeting people on the checkout because they remember me. It’s also nice to earn a few pennies because it pays the bills and I can take my girlfriend out for a special meal. I have had a four-week review and I got six and a half out of seven. I look forward to going to work and it has made me more confident in myself.”