Sam has worked with Work Train Greenwich, Unity Works’ Supported Employment service in Royal Borough of Greenwich, to meet his goals in finding a paid administrative job.
On joining WorkTrain Greenwich, Sam wanted to expand his employability skills including how to job search and interview preparation.
He completed a digital internship with Volunteer Centre Greenwich where he learnt how to use Canva, produce flyers and newsletters including compiling a newsletter detailing activities for people with a learning disability in Greenwich.
After completing his internship, Sam successfully applied for the paid role of Quality Checker with Advocacy in Greenwich. This role involves checking services to see how accessible they are to people with learning disabilities in Greenwich, a subject which Sam is very passionate about.
Sam has always expressed a desire to get a job where he feels like he is making a difference to people’s lives. Sam was recently elected as a paid MP for Royal Borough of Greenwich People’s Parliament where he will be speaking up for people with a learning disability.
Here, Sam tells us more about his roles as Quality Checker with Advocacy in Greenwich and MP for Greenwich People’s Parliament:
In your job as Quality Assessor how do you check if a service is accessible?
“For example, you check if there is easy read information and what signs and staff. I work as part of a team. We write reports. We work out what we are doing and what we are going to do next. I was in a video ‘top tips for GPs’ and there was a presentation, and it is available on YouTube.”
What skills have you developed in your Quality Checker role?
“Going to visit services and writing reports on these checks, organising coffee mornings to give information to people with a learning disabilities. Learning disability awareness training – giving presentations and attending meetings.”
Do you feel being autistic brings something to the role and work you are looking for?
“Yes. I see things how they are and having attention to detail.”
I enjoy helping people. It is important to make things accessible as all people have a right to use services just as much as people without a disability
Why did you decided to stand for election to be a MP for Royal Borough of Greenwich’s People’s Parliament?
“I currently work as a Quality Checker with Advocacy in Greenwich. I think I could do more to help people with a learning disability, judging by the struggles that people with a learning disability go through, so I decided to apply to be an MP [in Royal Borough of Greenwich’s People Parliament]. I want to make sure that the voices of people with a learning disability are heard by everyone else”.
“I can use my teamwork skills and experience and dedication in this role.”