What was your first week like?
My first week at work, I got to meet with Cecilia, the MD for The Camden Society London and Julie my Executive Assistant. Julie and I did our induction which included meeting members of the team. We attended our first board meeting two days in, which is something I had never done before. We also got to meet some of the people supported by The Camden Society London.
What has your first 6 months been like with Thera?
The first 6 months have been good. Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of training of all kinds. I worked on a tender for Lewisham that I found very interesting. As a team, that was our first tender together. It was good to have Andrew Bright there, we were observing and taking notes about what Andrew was doing. I enjoyed doing the presentations, I was very eager.
What have you learnt from working at The Camden Society London?
With Julie as my EA, I have learned a lot. I think the tender is the top thing I have enjoyed learning. I enjoyed getting my teeth stuck into work and achieving what I was meant to achieve. We did a presentation with Restore2mini and stomp. It was the first live presentation that Julie and I did.
What advice would you give to a person with a learning disability wanting to get a job?
Keep going and never give up, because once you give up nothing’s going to happen. Before this, I was in a stockroom on a zero-hour contract. I wanted the routine. I used to go to a special needs school, I used to volunteer to help out. I helped by telling the teaching assistants what other students were saying.
What have you enjoyed most about working for The Camden Society London?
Helping people. I didn’t think I was going to be where I am, but I’ve done it in my life and it just comes naturally. I wanted to help people achieve things in life that they want to achieve.