Workin’ 9 to 5

Last month, Dianne and Ashleigh, both supported in Wirral began supported internships.

The brand new pilot scheme is a partnership between Wirral Met College and Wirral University Hospital Trusts; which was set up to give people with learning disabilities between the age of 19-24 the opportunity to gain work skills and get vital experience to help them step into work in the future.

Ashleigh and Dianne are in a group of 10 students specially selected for the internships. All have been given different job roles between the Wirral hospitals and will have support for when they need it or at busy times.

Dianne will be working in the pharmacy three days a week assisting with administration; Ashleigh will assist with running one of the wards at clatterbridge hospital. Both placements will last a year with the students working part time in the hospitals and spending one day a week at college.

Both ladies were very excited to start their placements,

Ashleigh said “I’m very much looking forward to starting my job, I’m a bit nervous, but I will be fine”

Since starting the placements both ladies have fully embraced working life,

Christine Davies, Support Worker said “We are very proud of how far Ashleigh and Dianne have come along this year. Let’s hope this internship is a success and continues into the future.”

Marie Dunn, Team Leader said “I am so proud of Ashley and Diane for this outstanding achievement and I am proud of the staff team (Christine Davies, Brenda Davies, Anne Marie and Sharon Hill) for supporting them to make it possible”.