Category Archives: South West

An Inclusive Force – Police Scoop Top Employment Award

Two young adults with Down’s syndrome have helped Wiltshire Police scoop a top employment award. The force was awarded the ‘Best Employer Practice’ accolade by the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) on Tuesday night. It recognises their commitment to supporting people with disabilities to secure and retain employment. Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard said: “It is […]

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Volunteering with Wiltshire Police

This article originally appeared on 5 June as a blog on the website of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon. www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/article/2748/Guest-Blog-Jonathan-Grew-WorkFit-Swindon-Liaison-Officer           WorkFit is the Down’s Syndrome Association’s employment programme (supported in the Swindon area by the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group) supporting adults with Down’s syndrome into work […]

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Marine Hotel raise vital funds for WorkFit

Many of our WorkFit employers choose to support our work in a range of ways alongside employing candidates. We were delighted to visit the Marine Hotel in Devon recently to collect a cheque for their fundraising efforts in 2017. The hotel has raised a fantastic £1,172 from the sale of raffle tickets during their “Tinsel […]

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WorkFit triumph at the ERSA Awards 2018

WorkFit candidate Tom and the team recently triumphed at the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Annual Awards in London. The event was held in the beautiful setting of Regents Park in Central London. Before the awards were presented we heard opening speeches from ERSA and the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP who summed up […]

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WorkFit South West Conference 2018

On 15 March we held our annual South West Conference in the beautiful setting of Hannah’s at Seale Hayne. We were delighted to welcome current and prospective employers as well as candidates, parents and support workers. During the day, guests heard how WorkFit is working with employers across the region to create successful placements for […]

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Josiah – My story

My name is Josiah. I visited Nationwide with a school trip and now I am doing work experience there one day a week. I work with with Pete, Lauren, Sophie, Clare, Heather, Ben and Harry. I do the most fabulous job you have ever seen! I wear a Nationwide uniform. It is a blazer, shirt, trousers […]

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Josiah’s work experience at Nationwide develops key skills

“I do the most fabulous job you have ever seen!…The skills I use at Nationwide are teamwork, following instructions and I am polite and friendly.” This is Josiah. The school that Josiah attends encourages all their pupils to do an external work experience placement. Inclusion and promotion of independence is at the heart of what […]

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WorkFit and Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group prove how important it is to be heard and included

#MyVoiceMyCommunity On Tuesday 28 February WorkFit, in partnership with the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group, held its first South West Regional conference. The event took place at the Village Hotel Swindon (a registered and trained employer of WorkFit). The day showcased the amazing successes that WorkFit candidates have achieved throughout the South West. The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group […]

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Swindon and WorkFit Regional Conference – Supporting adults into the world of work

Swindon and WorkFit Regional Conference – Tuesday 28th February, 2017 Please join us to hear about how we are supporting the employment aspirations of people with Down’s syndrome in your area. The Down’s Syndrome Association and Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group are committed to supporting adults with Down’s syndrome into work-related activities (paid jobs, volunteering roles, […]

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