Dominic has lived in Brighton for the past 34 years and has a learning disability. Before joining the Work Buddy Project Dominic had been out of work for several years, having held paid roles in the retail industry before this. Dominic had faced personal barriers when working in these paid positions which inevitably led to him making the decision to leave. He has more recently worked with the B&H Supported Employment Team, and taken part in a series of Work Ready courses to build self-esteem.
“I just wanted a career change, something rewarding and challenging … I wanted to get back in the community and get more people skills.”
Dominic was referred to Work Buddy Project at Grace Eyre by a Travel Buddy employee. Dominic signed up to complete work experience on Reception at Grace Eyre.
“I had heard good things about it. I enjoy meeting new people, understanding what they do, their roles and different aspects of the charity. Grace Eyre staff are very patient, friendly and have made me feel welcome.”
Dominic had struggled with writing emails and professional phone calls due to his learning disability and dyslexia; with the help of assistive technology (e.g. dictate microphone), Easy Read instructions, and a Job Coach, Dominic has been supported to make professional phone calls on behalf of Grace Eyre and write emails to members of staff. This is an area in which he wants to continue building his self-esteem.
“My dream job would be to work with people with Learning Disabilities, or with people who need help with challenging behaviour… I want to give something back, and also get some life experience for myself… I want to say thanks as I have overcome a lot of barriers, so I know how important support is for people.”
Dominic has taken part in Reception induction and helps to sign staff and visitors into the building. He has taken part in employment training, engaging in team work activities, customer service training and activities based on work place expectations. He has started to make progress with his CV and will complete a mock interview in the coming weeks. Dominic has shown keen interest in taking part in a LLC Accredited Training Course in an area associated with Social Care; Work Buddy will help Dominic complete forms necessary to make this next step, and with any support necessary to complete the online course.