Jonathan Briddick, who lives at Cecil Court, our supported living service in Cranborne has recently secured himself a paid job role. Jonathan was determined to prove that learning difficulties are not necessarily a barrier to securing paid work, paving the way for a much more independent lifestyle.
Jonathan was supported by the staff at Cecil Court, who motivated him to apply for another job after being out of employment for a while. They explored lots of possibilities with him for both voluntary work and paid roles before securing his current position.
Jonathan had previous experience working in a kitchen for over ten years. He is now thrilled to have landed himself a job in a takeaway kitchen at Sandy Balls Holiday Park, which is only a few miles away from the service.
The holiday camp gets very busy, it is well known in the area and by a lot of the people we support. Although the role is seasonal Jonathan hopes that with some hard work and dedication he will be able to secure a permanent position with the company.
Jonathan said: “My new work colleagues are really nice, and my job is very busy but enjoyable as well. It is good to be working again and I want to make a good impression and hope they keep me on as permanent staff”.
According to the charity Mencap less than 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite many more wanting to, and being able to work. This was been the focus for the charity’s annual Learning Disability Week this year, the aim of which was to raise awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.