One of our most recent Inclusive Employment success stories is Sarah. Sarah is 26 and loves art, cooking, and West Ham United football club. She lives with profound deafness and autism and attended ECL Chelmsford day service where she undertook work-based training to hone her catering skills. With her training under her belt, she was keen to get a paid job in catering, and our Inclusive Employment team helped her find her ideal job at The Lion Inn, in Boreham.
Busy hotel and restaurant, The Lion Inn is a popular local employer that values efficiency, reliability, and teamwork. The business is no stranger to inclusive employment and when our team approached them about the possibility of employing Inclusive Employment customer Sarah Jennings, they were immediately receptive to the idea. Sarah, lives with autism and profound deafness. The Lion Inn offered her a work trial and she did herself proud and was offered a job as a Prep Chef!
Part of the ECL day service ethos is an emphasis on community engagement. Forging relationships with local community groups to enable customers to participate in activities they enjoy, expand their social network, and achieve greater independence. One customer that has really benefitted from this approach is David, a long-time customer of ECL Colchester. Following a recent partnership with a local church group , David has found ‘his’ place in his local community and is happier than ever.
Sally joined ECL in January 2023 and works within our Sensory Impairment Service which supports people who have a sight loss, hearing loss or combined sight and hearing loss, to maintain independence and dignity in every aspect of daily life.
When Ronald, who is registered blind, was told he was to be discharged from hospital after a health scare, he was concerned about how he’d manage on his own so soon. The promise of a six-week package of additional care at home did little to ease his fears, but after meeting the ECL Sensory team Ronald quickly realised he was in very capable hands…
Meet Cicely… Cicely is a relatively new customer at ECL Brentwood Hogarth Older People’s Day Service, based at the Walter Boyce centre.