Before he started attending Space Inclusive in March 2015, Lee had been to a youth club a few times but he wasn’t otherwise particularly active. However, from the very moment Lee came through the door of our Mansfield Street site, Workspace, we knew that he had lots of potential. Some of the early activities he remembers doing include map reading, cooking, working out at the gym and gardening.
Lee hadn’t really been to the gym much before he came to Space Inclusive but his self-motivation and commitment paid off, as he managed to lose 9 stone. Lee is very modest about this brilliant achievement but it’s clear through this that he has considerable willpower; in fact, because of his success, he had thought about helping to induct others.
One of our Support Workers, Stella, told Lee about a new Space Inclusive shop venture called ‘Spacecraft’. His willingness to help out and his commitment made him a perfect fit for the shop and he’s done several activities there including woodwork, sanding, manning the phone and working on the till. This experience is providing him with fantastic transferable skills for the future. Lee’s ethos of customer service is very simple, “It’s not about the money, it’s about the customer.” he says.
Lee enjoys being at Spacecraft, however, with an A Level in Information Technology, he is also looking out for any opportunities to do computer-related work.
There are plenty of other achievements Lee can be proud of – he’s been on a framework bike maintenance course, completed a Ridewise Level 1 course in cycling proficiency and has put a bike back together by himself.
Stella is delighted with the progress Lee has made:
“Lee is an essential part of the Spacecraft team – he’s brilliant with customers and has a good sales pitch He gets on with morning tasks and needs no prompts. He keeps the staff smiling with his Austin Powers quotes!”
He was an ideal client to do a case study of in Stella’s point of view. “It is wonderful to reward Lee for his hard work”.