Category Archives: North East

A parent’s perspective of WorkFit

Louise’s mum, Alison tells about her daughter’s life and ambitions… Since being a young girl, Louise has always expressed an interest in working in catering; spurred on by a love of all things edible! When the chance came for a catering course via the local Adult Learning Alliance we jumped at the chance as it […]

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Staff at the Marriott Hotel are thrilled with Lynsey’s work

WorkFit North East has recently been working with the Marriott Hotel to offer a 12-week work experience placement to our candidate, Lynsey. Lynsey began her placement in July as a Kitchen Assistant and works 10 hours a week over 2 shifts. She is now working as a Breakfast Assistant, which includes working on events and […]

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Alison Thwaite wins award as Learning & Skills Champion

We are delighted to announce that Alison Thwaite, WorkFit Employment Development Officer (North) has won a Highly Commended Award as Learning and Skills Champion at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Skills for Business Awards. As the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the awards are very highly regarded within the business community across the region, giving both Alison and […]

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Two candidates have completed placements at Durham University

WorkFit North East has recently been working with the Catering Department of Durham University to offer two WorkFit candidates each a 12 week work experience placement. Durham University has ten “catered colleges” providing students with a self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner. These busy areas are at the heart of college life. Catherine and Gary began […]

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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 […]

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WorkFit Candidate Gary

DSA Member and WorkFit candidate Gary lives in the North East of England.  Gary likes to keep busy and attends college three days a week where he is learning gardening skills. In his free time Gary plays football and attends a local gym. During his vocational assessment with the Employment Development Officer, Gary said that […]

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Gary – My Story

My name is Gary. I live near Gateshead. I like to keep busy. I go to college three days a week to learn gardening. I play football and go to the gym in my free time. I really want to work because it gives me a chance to help people. My whole family work hard […]

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2014 has been a great year for WorkFit

After WorkFit’s successes in England, 2014 saw the beginning of a new chapter for the project. We were awarded two grants to continue this valuable work in Wales and the North East and North West of England. During the summer of 2014 work began with the appointment of two new Employment Development Officers, both looking […]

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WorkFit growth leads to more opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome

WorkFit is a programme designed to improve access to mainstream employment and other meaningful activities for people with Down’s syndrome. The programme officially launched in 2012 and it is dedicated in supporting employers in creating work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome and providing bespoke support to each organisation and prospective jobseeker throughout the UK. […]

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