Category Archives: North West

“My job is amazing, fun and rewarding!”

WorkFit and the South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group (SMDSSG) have recently been working with  Tesco in Greater Manchester to develop a permanent paid job for Conor (right). SMDSSG work in partnership with WorkFit in a Local Support Network (LSN) capacity. They have been developing WorkFit in their local area with support from the Employment Development […]

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“His work ethic is incredible”!

WorkFit have recently had the pleasure of working with Horwich Cohen Coghlan (HCC) Solicitors in Manchester to create a permanent paid position for Bilal. Earlier in the year Bilal had completed a successful work experience placement at Eastlands Trust. HCC Solicitors is a busy firm of specialist personal injury lawyers. They have a large and […]

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Meet our new EDO for the North West of England … Fran Austin

Fran is our new Employment Development Officer for the North West. She joined the DSA earlier this month and tells us about her career so far and her hopes for the future with WorkFit. After graduating from University in 2012 I started working as a Teaching Assistant in a Special Educational Needs High School in […]

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Tim and Timpson win top prizes at National Employment Awards

Huge congratulations to Tim who has won the coveted David Grainger Award at the British Association of Supported Employment Awards. Not only did Timothy triumph, so did his employers, Timpson Ltd who won first prize at this year’s Employer Practice winner. Timpson are the multi-national retailer who have their HQ in Wythenshawe, Manchester. @base_tweets Tim was presented with […]

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Amy – My Story

My name is Amy.  I work as a Café Assistant at the Home Café. I am a volunteer.  I am on a 12 week volunteer placement.           I work with Lucy. Lucy says I am doing really well.     My mum is very proud of me. My mum says my […]

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Amy likes to help people in her volunteer placement

“I like people and like to help people.”  WorkFit North West has recently been working with Home Community Cafe to offer a voluntary placement as a Café Assistant to Amy. Following a successful informal interview, Amy began working at the café. Amy’s main tasks are, serving customers, clearing tables and replenishing stock. Amy says, “I […]

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Jane and Amy have both completed work experience at The Christie Hospital

WorkFit North West has recently been working with The Christie in Manchester to offer two, 12 week work experience placements to two WorkFit jobseekers. The Christie is a globally renowned centre for cancer care, research and education. It has pioneered cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years and is committed to helping all those affected […]

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A parent’s perspective of a volunteer placement at Oxfam

Last year, we met with Florence and her mum Jenny to talk about the WorkFit programme and how we could support Florence in her role. We contacted a local Oxfam store to talk about a volunteer opportunity and Graham, a long term volunteer and his manager were both very open to meeting Florence. In January […]

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Aaron has completed a work placement at the Premier Inn in Manchester

WorkFit North West has recently been working with Premier Inn in Manchester to offer paid, 12 week work experience placements. Aaron began his placement at the start of February, working for two shifts each week for 12 weeks. As a member of the housekeeping team Aaron was cleaning bedrooms and bathrooms, re-stocking bedroom items, changing […]

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