Donna has Irlens Syndrome, Dyslexia, low mood and anxiety. She lives in supported accommodation and began attending Growing Places, a Realise Futures Social Business, in 2005 on a supported therapeutic placement. Through her placement activities, Donna’s confidence and abilities steadily grew and her capability increased.
In 2014, Donna identified that she would like to work. She had been attending Growing Places over a significant period of time and had developed an understanding of what would be needed to undertake paid employment.
Donna’s Manager was fully supportive of her progression from therapeutic placement to employee. Donna was referred to Work Choice after a ‘better off in work’ calculation showed that she would be better off in paid employment. The role of Horticultural Assistant was moulded to fit Donna’s abilities through job carving.Since beginning paid employment Donna’s confidence has soared.
She has enjoyed learning new tasks, including how to operate the computerised till and she has received several compliments from customers. Her Manager has noticed that Donna is becoming happier and more confident by the week; she feels a valued employee and is enjoying earning her own money.