Success Story 4 - Alison

Alison – Waterview Lodge Day Centre

Alison works part time at Waterview Lodge day services in Driffield as a Kitchen Assistant. Alison’s job is quite varied. Alison helps out with the elderly groups that run at the centre two days per week. She ensures that they have hot drinks or arrival, engages in friendly chat, takes part in social activities and ensures hot lunches are served. Alison also runs the kitchen & dining area ensuring that hygiene standards are adhered to and that the fridges are kept clean and tidy. Some of the skills that Alison has learnt from her role at Waterview Lodge are that she has undertaken a food hygiene course, she can now confidently use kitchen equipment safely and she has developed her customer service skills. Alison stated that what she likes the most about her job is that “She likes meeting new people and feeling part of a team, and that having a job makes her really happy”. Alison was supported to find paid employment by Worklink a council run service that helps adults with learning disabilities develop the skills needed to enter into employment.  When Alison’s employer was asked what she brings to the team they stated that “Alison is always positive, reliable and enthusiastic, she always has a smile on her face and has become an integral part of the team. When Waterview Lodge were asked what they would say to an employer considering employing someone with a learning disability they said “Many people with a learning disability have been excluded from the workplace for a long time and many are keen to take up employment, enabling them to achieve their long term aspirations.  We as a team have found there are significant benefits to employing someone with a learning disability.  Their enthusiasm is infectious and the team dynamics has improved as a result”. Should you wish to contact Worklink to find out more about the service or if you are an employer that would like to offer employment opportunities please contact the team on: 01482842009