Sharon is ‘over the moon’ with Scope volunteer role

Sharon is over the moon after landing a voluntary role at her local Scope shop – thanks to the support of Alternative Futures Group.

 Sharon, who has autism and is supported by AFG in Cleveleys, had previously expressed an interest in doing some voluntary work.

 Team Leader Jane Campbell explained: “At Sharon’s last progress meeting we chatted about her weekly activities and she said that she would like to find a voluntary job locally. We discussed lots of different options, ranging from café work – though she wasn’t keen on washing up! – to different charity shops.”

 The next stage involved Sharon’s support worker Abby Taylor spending a day taking her to different shops to test how she felt about them.

 “Sharon has autism so the environment she’s in is really important to her. She narrowed it down to two shops that she liked, and we supported her with the applications and interviews. Meanwhile, we successfully obtained extra funding from our Commissioner so we could support Sharon on a one- to-one basis through the employment process and until she feels she can do the job independently.”

 “Sharon has now been offered a position at Scope, the disability equality charity, as a shop assistant which she is over the moon about. She’s been working at the shop for a few weeks and looks forward to going to work on a Wednesday. We’re all very proud of her. The staff at Scope have been so welcoming too.”

 Sharon’s new role involves pricing up items for sale, window dressing, shop displays and dealing with customers. Sharon said: “I’m enjoying working for Scope and proud of myself for getting the job.”

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