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