Op­por­tu­ni­ties to turn around the lives of young peo­ple with com­plex needs

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TWO Sur­rey Choices em­ploy­ees spoke of the op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer for young peo­ple with com­plex con­di­tions at a Tran­si­tion Train­ing Day at New Wok­ing Hospice.

Act­ing op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Christina Earl, and Bobby Wil­liams, ac­tiv­ity fa­cil­i­ta­tor from the Guild­ford Of­fice Project, de­scribed how young peo­ple with a range of sup­port needs can make the suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from chil­dren’s ser­vices to adult care if given the right op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Bobby, who has Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy, spoke about his own jour­ney from main­stream school through to a spe­cial­ist col­lege, be­fore mov­ing on to un­der­take ap­pren­tice­ships at Sur­rey Choices where he as­sists cus­tomers with a range of phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

Bobby said: “Since leav­ing school I’ve been lucky enough to se­cure em­ploy­ment through Sur­rey Choices Em­ployA­bil­ity ser­vice and the skills I’ve learned have en­abled me to go out into the work­place and not only make a dif­fer­ence to other peo­ple’s lives, but also ful­fill my own as­pi­ra­tions.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve gained over the past few years has given me the con­fi­dence I needed to be able to go out into the com­mu­nity and en­joy an ac­tive so­cial life with my girl­friend and baby son.”

Christina said: “Too of­ten we see in­di­vid­u­als with com­plex needs strug­gling to make the suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from chil­dren’s ser­vices to adult care. Of­ten, they don’t re­ceive the sup­port they need to make a suc­cess of it.

“We want to high­light to med­i­cal staff and other pro­fes­sion­als that given the chance, these in­di­vid­u­als can be ac­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and are an as­set to any com­pany on the look­out for trusted em­ploy­ees.”

The event was or­gan­ised by Sur­rey Choices’ char­ity part­ner Shoot­ing Star Chase and a va­ri­ety of chil­dren’s and adult hos­pices across the South East and Sur­rey.

Sur­rey Choices Em­ploya­bil­ity ser­vice is a ded­i­cated ser­vice help­ing to find work place­ments, train­ing, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and paid work for in­di­vid­u­als with autism or learn­ing, phys­i­cal and sen­sory dis­abil­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email [email protected]­r­ey­choices. com or tele­phone 01483 806806.

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