Long Term Employment Success!
Assist encourages the members to try an internal work placement when they feel they are ready and when they can manage the responsibilities involved. These placements include cleaning, admin duties, helping with the tuck shop, acting as a courier between sites and dealing with recycling.
When the members are proving themselves to be reliable and responsible, we ask if they would like to try an external work placement.
These placements are in a variety of different businesses including café work at Norwich Airport, stacking shelves in a supermarket, cleaning in a church and helping in shops. Job coaches are available to support the members during travel training and coaching in the workplace until they feel confident enough to do the work placement on their own.
Risk assessments and regular reviews are arranged to ensure the members and the employers continue to value the placement and find it rewarding.
Examples of current external work placements include Sainsburys, St. Francis Church, Beechwood Pet Shop, Dawn’s New Horizons, N&N Hospital, Forget me Not Cafe, Norwich Airport, British Heart Foundation and many more. At the last count, 27 individual organisations are benefiting from having members from Assist working in their teams.
The model of work at Assist successfully leads to long term sustainable work placements! – Because members are supported to gradually feel more confident at Assist, to gradually take on manageable amounts of responsibilities and because they are helped to understand what real life expectations are.