Helping people with autism to thrive in the workplace

I have been working with job seekers with autism for over 10 years and have experience of family and friends with autistic spectrum conditions and also with ADHD. I really admire many of the qualities of people on the spectrum, but also understand some of their challenges that can hold them back. Along with a colleague of mine with aspergers, we were invited to speak at a conference at Kingston University recently to talk about how employment works for people with autism.

“Jam on Bread” album cover hits all the right notes for Party in the Park

A Surrey Choices customer has won a competition to design an album cover after her work was displayed at Woking’s annual ‘Party in the Park’ event recently.

Broadcaster Mike Read and Patty Parfitt, former wife of the late Status Quo frontman Rick Parfitt, announced Debbie Taylor as the overall winner, rewarding her with £100 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers for her winning ‘Jam on Bread’ artwork.

Sparky’s Café gives confidence boost to Ben

Greater independence has been achieved for a 33 year-old man with a learning disability after seven months of working at Sparky’s Café in Guildford.

Following a successful interview and trial day Ben started work in November 2016, learning how to operate the till, interact with customers and serve a variety of hot drinks to them whilst maintaining a clean café area.

Dance show to explore disabilities

Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Company is inviting local residents along to Camberley Theatre in July to witness a unique performance that aims to improve understanding of learning disabilities and change people’s concept of dance.

Rhythm of Life II will be performed by Rhythmic Collision Dance Company and children from Cordwalles Junior School, who have teamed up to create an ensemble of choreography that reflects life issues, from dementia, anger and nightmares, through to love, family and confusion.

Students successfully complete Supported Internships

A group of students were celebrating this week after successfully completing their Supported Internships with Surrey Choices.

Supported Internships help young people to achieve sustainable, paid employment. The progamme allows the young person to learn in the workplace whilst also having the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if suitable, at an appropriate level.

Shared Lives Week 2017 – #SharedLivesChoiceForAll

Our service which matches adults who need support with host carers who provide them with care in their home continues to go from strength to strength.

Surrey Choices Shared Lives is a service provided by carefully chosen single people, couples or families who offer support and accommodation within their own households. The people they support live or stay as part of the Shared Lives Carers’ family having been carefully matched by experienced teams at Surrey Choices.

Open day at The Cottage

A dementia-focused service that supports people with learning disabilities is hosting an open day later this month.

The Cottage Activity Centre, based in the heart of Ewell Village, organises a range of activities for its customers that are tailored to meet their needs in a dementia-friendly designed environment.

Helping you vote in this General Election 2017 – a selection of resources from around the web

It is important to us at Surrey Choices that the people we support have every opportunity to have their voice heard and for their views to be listened to. With the upcoming General Election 2017, we wanted to pull together resources to help you, or someone you support, make their mind up and choose to vote.

If you were not registered to vote for the local elections earlier this year, you will need to sign up to vote for the general election. This must be done by Monday 22 May 2017.