Shan

Shan came to Space Inclusive two years ago. She has CHARGE Syndrome, which affects her ears and eyes. As a result of this Shan has unfortunately lost her sight. However, Shan was driven to succeed despite everything and this has been helped by a great sense of humour. “Since school,” Shan says, “my dream was to work in an office”.

With the help of Staff Inclusive staff, Shan has found a Work Placement – Volunteering at Nottingham Community Transport’s Sherwood depot one morning a week. Shan’s placement includes answering the telephone, contacting clients to let them know when their transport will be arriving, booking transport, typing up documents and photocopying.

Shan needs some support for these tasks but, with the reasonable adjustments in place, she is very independent. Nottingham Community Transport have been very supportive and will soon be introducing Dolphin Guide Software to help Shan even more.

Aside from her Voluntary Work Placement, some of Shan’s other achievements include using public transport with minimal support from staff and helping to create fabric products to be sold at our shop, “Spacecraft”.Shan is keen to make her own hot drinks using a liquid level indicator which gives her more independence and confidence.

“Space has allowed me to be myself, my own person and given me the confidence to express myself” Shan says. “With the help of the staff, I have been able to achieve my dreams”.

Lee

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”.

Owen

Owen attends Space Inclusive at Mansfield Woodhouse for support in independence, social and home skills. He has gained many friends who in turn value his friendship. He now takes on responsibility of helping others for e.g. assisting other clients with measuring food items, helping when out shopping. Owen has worked on his independence and now travels independently to and from Space Inclusive. He has also taken trips further afield with his friends outside of Space travelling as far as Sheffield.

Owen has also been supported into a work placement at Cancer Research Charity Shop in Sutton in Ashfield. He has a huge passion for transport and we were able, with great thanks to Paul Ellis Auto’s at Huthwaite to secure him a work placement once a week at a car garage maintaining vehicles.