After coming across ECL at a transitions event in Chelmsford, Sam, 18, was given the opportunity to work as a volunteer at Highfields Wellbeing Hub.
"It didn’t take Sam long to settle in to his new role, and he really enjoyed volunteering within the Older People’s services at Highfields."
Sam, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was delighted at the prospect of having a job, as prior to this, he and his family had become exasperated with the changes that have to take place to move from child to adult services. They could not see a way forward and were beginning to believe that Chris would never have the chance to live an ordinary life.
It didn’t take Sam long to settle in to his new role, and he really enjoyed volunteering within the Older People’s services at Highfields. As he began learning new skills, his confidence grew enough for him to start using public transport independently to get to and from work. He even began an apprenticeship and attended a job interview for a role at an Older People’s residential home – which he was successful in, but later turned down.
A year on, Sam is now looking towards the future and is grateful for the support ECL has given him. Due to his struggles with anxiety, he has ended his apprenticeship, but is currently considering other suitable opportunities and is equipped with the experience he has gained during his time with ECL.