Sophie joined MTIB’S LEAP (Learning & Employment Action Project) on the 19th February 2015. Sophie has Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD and wished to receive support to develop her skill levels and gain work experience. At the start of the project Sophie indicated that she felt very nervous, she described her confidence and motivation levels as low and advised that she would be unable to work as part of a team.
Since starting the programme Sophie has actively participated in a variety of group sessions at MTIB and has successfully complete an accredited basic Food Safety course. Sophie loves animals particularly horses and dogs, building on this the LEAP Advisors secured a voluntary work trial at the Haylemma Equestrian Centre for Sophie, which she successfully completed on the 24th February. Following the success of her trial, Sophie was offered a weekly voluntary placement at the Equestrian Centre where she volunteers as a Stable Hand, which includes grooming the riding ponies, mucking out the stables and filling the hay nets. Sophie states “I love going to the stables and working with the animals”. During the 1:1 progress meetings and group sessions that take place as part of LEAP, Sophie expressed an interest in developing Administration skills. Following the successful completion of Essential Skills assessments and a voluntary work trial, where Sophie demonstrated great enthusiasm, motivation and substantial IT skills, in March 2015 Sophie was offered a second voluntary placement assisting the Administration team at MTIB, which she also completes on a weekly basis.
Sophie states “since starting my placements my confidence has improved and my team working skills have improved. I never thought I was able to work with female co-workers but when I started my first day in Administration I realised that I could and now my confidence is growing”. Sophie’s future plan is now to secure paid employment as an Administrative Assistant, she advises “the project is very good, it has helped me a lot already and I will continue to gain new skills by taking part to help me secure employment”.