A local company which provides care for adults in their own homes is creating new work opportunities for people with learning disabilities through its involvement in a number of local community initiatives.
The owner of Home Instead in Sawbridgeworth, Mark Greatbatch, is chairman of Bishop Stortford’s Learning Disability Forum which aims to help people in the local area.
Deciding to lead by example, the team at Home Instead has employed local lady, Vicky Smith who has Downs Syndrome. Vicky has been taken on as part of the ‘Access to Work’ scheme, a government initiative delivered by Hertfordshire County Council.
David Bassett, who runs the Home Instead office, was introduced to Vicky and she now works part time for Home instead working in the office as an administration assistant. Vicky says: “It’s great. I like using the computers and enjoy working with the rest of the team. All the staff are lovely and I really enjoy meeting the clients too.”
The Learning Disability Forum meets in Bishops Stortford. Through the forum David met Marie Cordell who has a memory problem. She is now helps out at Home Instead on a voluntary basis, gaining valuable workplace experience.
Susan Parker also has learning difficulties and she helps run a coffee morning which is sponsored by Home Instead for Age UK Apton Centre on the third Friday in every month from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
David Bassett comments: “As an equal opportunities employer supporting people in the local community we are keen to offer help to people with all sorts of needs. We are able to provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties and in return they contribute in many ways to the day to day running of our business.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Learning Disabilities Forum or about the services offered by Home Instead should contact the team at Sawbridgeworth on 01279 721443.