Work experience leads to firm friendships


A 15-year-old from Henbury who has Cerebral Palsy has struck up a number of unlikely friendships with elderly residents at a local care home, thanks to a work experience placement, supported by teachers at his school.


Local teenager Brendon Taylor, who goes to Henbury School, completed a week’s work experience at Springbank care home. Working alongside permanent members of staff, he undertook various day-to-day tasks, such as planning people’s days with them and serving meals, as well as helping out with resident’s excursions.


Not only did Brendon enjoy his experience but also cultivated a number of friendships with staff members and residents who live in the home.


Brendon said: “I know what it is like to have people talk over you and thinking that you are unable to communicate because of your disability. It is not like that at Springbank, however.  Everyone treated me with dignity and respect – as they do with residents – and the staff are always quick to help if the residents needed support.”


The home, which accommodates 11 residents with learning disabilities, has discussed plans with Brendon’s family for him to return to the home again.


Home manger, Kay Watkins, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to have Brendon as part of the team at Springbank. The residents and staff took an immediate shine to him, with some forming long-lasting friendships in the short time he was here.


“Not only has the initiative had a positive benefit on the residents’ mood, but it’s had a huge impact on Brendon’s own self-esteem – which is why he is more than welcome to return to Springbank in the future.”


Shaw healthcare provides a spectrum of services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.


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