Artistic Ryan has designs on dream job

An artistic Camberley man has secured his dream job thanks to a Surrey Choices service that helps people with disabilities to find employment.

Ryan Medlock is a talented illustrator – who also happens to be autistic.

Despite holding a first class honours degree in illustration and a masters degree in children’s book illustration, Ryan had struggled to find work for years after graduating.

But since being referred to Surrey Choices EmployAbility service, Ryan has now found a job that enables him to do exactly what he loves.

Two people learning to drill carefully into wooden planks

Recycling for your future

Surrey Choices have partnered with FurnitureLink Guildford to develop a new recycling project. The project aims to develop your skills around woodwork and recycling furniture. FurnitureLink are providing a tutor and the project will run from Mondays – Thursdays commencing Monday 29 June 2015.

If you would like to try the session before you sign up, call us today to book in a suitable time to meet the team and get a taste of the project.

Officially cutting the ribbon to open Short Breaks Banstead with Short Breaks Manager Karen and Paralympic Medalist

Paralympic Medalist Helps Celebrate New Short Breaks Service

Six-time Paralympic gold medalist opens Surrey Choices’ new Short Breaks service in Banstead.

Paralympic wheelchair athlete, David Weir, cut the ribbon to Banstead Short Break Service on Wednesday 20 May to celebrate the opening of the new service with Surrey Choices staff and customers.

Surrey Choice’s Banstead Short Breaks service provides high quality respite care for adults with a wide range of needs from physical disabilities, learning disabilities, complex needs, autism and elderly care. Customers coming to Banstead Short Breaks will have their own individual care plan, a dedicated link worker, and the opportunity to attend Surrey Choices day services, as well as experiencing new activities of their choice.

The New Janet – a Shared Lives Story

Our Shared Lives Practitioner, Jo caught up with Janet at her new home in Surrey who she shares with carers Frank and Emma. Janet had been looking for a Shared Lives placement so she could become more independent whilst staying in a family setting. She was very proud of the fact that she has new clothes and shoes as she has successfully lost some weight. Janet also told Jo as soon as she walked in that she was very happy and it was “a very happy house”.