During lockdown Guernsey Employment Trust (GET) celebrated their 5th Anniversary. Plans for a party were unfortunately cancelled and instead the charity reflected on their successes and challenges with helping disabled people and those with health conditions to find and maintain employment.
GET’s services are more in demand than they have ever been and although many employers are inclusive, the employment rate for disabled people and those with health conditions remains significantly lower than nondisabled people.
Adie, a wheelchair user, started working with GET a couple of years ago as he needed to find a suitable, accessible workplace. He secured his role as a Waitrose Partner in November 2018.
Adie’s support worker arranged for him to meet a team manager before applying for the role so he could look
around and discuss the adjustments he would require. “Being back in employment has helped me rebuild my
confidence. I really enjoy my job; interacting with customers, learning new skills and working with my colleagues. I would absolutely recommend GET whether you need a lot of support or a bit of guidance as they are always there and willing to help.”