Hugh Barry was referred to Work Connect in January 2014 by his pathways advisor. He had a full working history which included the Blood Transfusion Service but had undergone both a hip and knee replacement limiting his ability for employment. Hugh was very keen to return to work and had continued a voluntary role in support for local people with disabilities. His skillset was assessed and he soon recognised that a role in care would suit his caring nature and experience.
Hugh was then supported with a more focused job search, applications and interview techniques and gained some valuable interview experience whilst applying for work. In May of 2014 Hugh applied for the role of Bank Support worker with Living Options within The Cedar Foundation and was successful in gaining an interview. He was soon offered the post and was supported throughout the following months to sustain this post. Hugh has since received appropriate training for his post and has completed six months of sustained employment. He is now ready to finish with the Work Connect programme and is enthusiastic about his future role with Cedar and is looking forward to continuing helping others.
“There are aspects in the job which I have really enjoyed as in the past I have been involved helping others with various skill levels. I am now in an environment where I am being trained for my vocation and supporting others with disabilities”.