When Reece, who has autism, finished college, his Affinity Trust support team helped him research next steps and supported him to attend numerous job fairs and college open days. Persistence paid off when they found a 12 month course in a local hospital leading to sustainable employment.
Initially, the fact that Reece is unable to travel independently due to being anxious about unexpected events, was a big barrier that prevented him being accepted on to the course. Not wanting to give up, his support team worked alongside Reece to persuade the organisers that he would be an ideal candidate. This included encouraging Reece to gather evidence from his college and other activities regarding his track record of work and attendance. They also supported him to attend a number of meetings with the course organisers where he made his case for being included. Everyone was jubilant when Reece was accepted on the course.
Reece excelled at the course, learning new skills that helped him to understand and work within the hospital. Reece was then offered a placement with the Ante Natal Department, where he is now working 16 hours a week. He works in the reception where he sets up new patient files. Reece says ‘I really like my job and being on the staff. I went to the party with them at Christmas.’ Reece was a little reserved at first, but has now progressed to being one of the team.