Meet our new EDO for North England- Alison Thwaite

My niece Olivia was born in 2006. One of fraternal triplets, she was diagnosed as having Down’s syndrome very soon after her birth. From the first moment I saw her I knew that she would change my life, but I had no way of knowing that my wish to gain a better understanding of her condition would provide me with some of the most rewarding and profoundly positive experiences of my life. I have been a volunteer with a local affiliated group (Down’s Syndrome North East) since 2006. In 2012, when I was HR Manager for a wholesale supply company, I decided to find out more about the DSA’s WorkFit programme. Via WorkFit, we recruited two Business Support Administrators on a part-time basis.

Working as an Employment Development Officer is often challenging and requires a

significant commitment both to the candidates and employers, but I hope that my experiences and belief in the programme will ensure that employers and other organisations feel supported and motivated to work with the DSA.


I was delighted to be asked to manage the WorkFit project in May 2018 and I am very proud of the success of the programme and the WorkFit Team




Leon took part in a Penalty Shoot Out @GXOLogistics in Derby to support the England Women’s Football team in the Euro 2022 final. He had a great time!
Freya enjoyed meeting her work buddies at a site visit to @GXOLogistics in Newark. The team are learning some Makaton (sign language) in order to better support Freya in her role. It sounds like a great start! Good luck Freya.
Harley started work at Devon and Cornwall Police in 2020 in the Evidence Department. He was recently happy to take part in a 'Cornwall People First' event run by @CornwallCouncil and the Police for Blue Light Day. @DC_Police #BlueLightDay #CornwallPeopleFirst