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Broadening Horizons

25 Sep 2017

It's encouraging to see opportunities expanding for people with disabilities. For instance, the Down's Syndrome Association's WorkFit programme is continuing to grow.

This month's WorkFit newsletter mentions a range of jobs that are available for adults with Down's Syndrome. In the Midlands a well-known fashion retailer is looking for store assistants in various locations. These are paid jobs. Duties include helping customers and keeping the stores tidy.

In Cheshire there's an opening for a warehouse assistant to work flexible hours, categorising goods and storing stock. After a trial period this could lead to paid work.

A salon in Wolverhampton is looking for an assistant to work flexible hours. This is a paid job with duties to include washing, drying and folding towels and gowns.

A London hotel (part of a brand known around the world) is offering a paid job with flexible hours: meeting and greeting guests and showing them where they need to go.

ACSYL has been delighted to see WorkFit growing steadily over the years. It's a truly visionary programme which is making a huge difference to many people. A number of companies have found that a colleague with Down's Syndrome brings unique qualities to their team: a positive attitude, honesty, enthusiasm, unconditional acceptance and attention to detail.

Adults with Down's Syndrome who are looking for voluntary or paid jobs can search for new opportunities on the WorkFit website: I Want to Work

If you'd like to meet people who are part of WorkFit and hear how it has helped them find a job, why not go to the WorkFit North East Regional Conference on the 6th October? To book a free place, email dsworkfit@downs-syndrome.org.uk or call the WorkFit team on 03331 212 300.