David Lewis, a local charity providing comprehensive support for individuals with complex needs, has partnered with Bruntwood SciTech to create a work experience programme at Alderley Park, which aims to offer students and residents supported by David Lewis an opportunity to gain valuable experience and enhance their skills.
Participants had the chance to work in various job roles tailored to their interests and abilities, such as administrative tasks, reception duties, deliveries and working in the gardens -which provided participants with a sense of belonging and contributed to their personal and professional development.
Jessica Crowder, ESG Coordinator, from Bruntwood SciTech said "Working in partnership with David Lewis has been an incredible opportunity for our company to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Part of our strategy is to be a great place to work, with a focus on inclusion and diversity."
John Heritage, Chief Executive of David Lewis, expressed his satisfaction with the initiative's success: "We are delighted to have collaborated with Bruntwood SciTech and Sodexo on this work experience initiative.
"Through this programme, participants from David Lewis have gained valuable skills and a greater sense of personal achievement. We are committed to building on this success and developing more partnerships and work experience opportunities for individuals with diverse needs.
"I would like to thank colleagues at Bruntwood SciTech and Sodexo for their support as well as Christine Green who is volunteering her time at David Lewis to support us in building and developing relationships with employers like Bruntwood SciTech, and their shareholders Bruntwood "
David Robins, Registered Manager from David Lewis commented "We have witnessed a remarkable transformation in the individuals we support, as they have developed an undeniable sense of confidence and belonging. Our approach has allowed them to embrace new opportunities and achieve personal and professional growth like never before. We are proud to play a role in their journey and are dedicated to continuing to foster their empowerment and well-being."