WorkFit Update: October 2023

Well done to Kirsty at Odeon in Sheffield, and Joseph at Parklands Leisure Centre (part of the Fusion Lifestyle Group) in Okehampton, who are both celebrating their one year work anniversaries!

Joseph said about his job as a Leisure Centre Assistant:

I love lots about it. I’m a gym guy now. I like all the jobs too. I love talking to customers and they are very friendly. I am very confident and have got to know lots of new people. I love being a colleague, it’s so much fun being in a team and singing a lot! And I love getting paid!


Many congratulations to Dunelm on their nomination for this year’s Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Awards 2023. They are shortlisted in the Employer Partnership of the Year Award – Working for Better Work category.

Good luck and thank you for your support for our WorkFit programme.





We are very thankful to be one of 13 organisations awarded a grant from the Hilton Global Foundation.

Thanks to Hilton’s amazing generosity, and the genuine commitment of the organisation to inclusion, we will be able to give even more people who have Down’s syndrome the chance to enter the world of work at Hilton Hotels & Resorts through our WorkFit programme.


Alison, WorkFit Employment Development Manager, was delighted to present at the Hilton London Metropole yesterday as part of the Breaking Barriers event. She was supported by special guests Brogan, George, Sam, Shomari and Anthony.

Alison’s presentation focussed on job-carving and reasonable adjustments and outlined the free support, resources and training that we can offer to employers.

Hilton is a valued partner of the WorkFit programme and employment opportunities have been developed in hotels across the country thanks to the supportive and inclusive approach of their teams. Thank you Hilton.


Congratulations to the winners and all our finalists in this year’s My Perspective competition: Check out all the winners on our website.

This year shortlisted photographs will be displayed in several public exhibitions across the country. Thank you again to our partner employer, Hilton, for hosting the exhibition at three of their hotels!

Check them out and show your support at:

  • Exeter Library: 12 October to 12 January (EX4 3PQ)
  • Teddington Library: 17 October to 17 November (TW11 8NY)
  • Hampton Library: 24 November to 22 December (TW12 2AB)
  • Hilton London Metropole: 22 January to 9 February (W2 1JU)
  • Hilton Birmingham Metropole: 12 February to 29 February (B40 1PP)
  • Hilton Leeds City: 4 March to 22 March (LS1 4BX)

Thank you to all of our employers for their continued support of our WorkFit programme, and good luck to everyone starting new roles this month. 

To find out more about WorkFit and how we support people who have Down’s syndrome to access meaningful work opportunities that can benefit the rest of their lives, please contact the team on 0333 12 12 300 or email us on For more information visit the WorkFit website: