Changing the lives of young adults

Changing the lives of young adults

With a background in education the Manager, Christine Sallans, at The Croft care home in Amersham has a keen understanding of how invaluable work experience can be to the lives of young people approaching school leaving age. None more so that when you are also a young adult living with a disability.

Christine and the team have been partnering with Stony Dean, a local Special Educational Needs (SEN) secondary school in Buckinghamshire, for the past 6 months. Over this period staff have welcomed students to the home to participate in work experience.

Pictured above is Abra, a student from Stony Dean, who has been coming to The Croft every Tuesday afternoon for the past 23 weeks. Abra has autism and struggles with communication. He has been working alongside Sue who is the Administrator at the home.

Over the course of his placement Abra’s communication skills and confidence have increased noticeably both at school and home. Sue has been delighted to discover that Abra has excellent mathematical skills which have proved a real asset to her! Together they have bonded and formed a close relationship. With the work experience period ending shortly Sue is sure to miss Abra when it ends.

Christine Sallans said: “It has been a real privilege to have such a lovely young man join our team. It has been a delight to watch him grow and develop as a person.

I am confident that the experience he has gained and the relationships he has built have had a fantastically positive impact on him.

Staff at The Croft have embraced the chance to work with others and have responded by providing an inclusive and warm welcome to the students that have joined us.

We are in the process of taking on even more students for placements over the summer. It’s not only good for them but also a great chance for residents to interact with the younger generation. Partnership working works for us, works for them and helps change lives for the better.”