RHLT and Absolute Support have formed a partnership in the Richmond Borough to deliver an effective and meaningful volunteer and work experience project called S.T.E.P.S. This project gives Adults with Learning disabilities the opportunity to learn at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College in a number of different 12 week courses including Health and Social Care and a Retail course. These courses are run aside a work experience placement either in a care home or in a community setting or at The People Hive, where the students have the chance to put into practice what they have learnt on the courses.
The students will be supervised on their placement at first and their team leader will work with them to develop new skills and become more independent in their role.
The type of roles the students will fulfil are befriender, activity leader, gardening, working in a launderette, supporting people in their homes, as well as a working in the community. The students will also be able to work in a shop in Twickenham called The People Hive which is a gallery selling local artist products.
These roles are very rewarding and has helped out current students become more confident, develop new skills such as time management, working on their own initiative, problem solving and supporting people in a person centred way.
After the students have attended the college course run aside a work placement they will attend a 16 week Job Club. This job club will focus on developing and preparing our job seekers for work by covering the following topic interview skills, communication, problem solving, applying for jobs and CV, team work and assessing yourself. At the end of the course you will be supported by MCCH who are employment specialists or STEPS to progress in your working career.
This project has been running since September 2017 and we have already placed three students into paid work and a further two into volunteer roles. This is a very exciting time and the future looks bright so please do contact Joseph Field if you are interested on 0207 977 5447 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Frankie Whitehead on 07775370790 or email him on email@example.com