Like anyone else, Andrew would love to have a paid job that really makes the most of his abilities. And he is steadily progressing towards that goal.
Both creative and good with his hands, over the last year Andrew has become skilled in wood work. He has made an array of garden products including planters, bird tables and nesting boxes that have been sold through local fairs and fetes. Following step-by-step diagrams, Andrew completes all the stages to make each piece – from cutting the wood to the sanding and painting of the final product.
Andrew attends training twice a week, and as well as the hands-on skills, the fact that the workshop is equipped and organised like a workplace means he’s preparing for employment in other ways – like communication skills, timekeeping, co-operating with others and of course, sharing a tea-break with colleagues! (Hey, a job done well deserves a cuppa.)
He’s made continuous progress on his work goals, with support when he’s needed it from his ubu enablers. For three years Andrew has done paid newspaper distribution on a Saturday – proving he is a reliable and committed employee. He has also been doing art and woodwork courses at St Helen’s College.
Now, with his practical skills developing by the week, Andrew is hoping that soon he will find a paid job that gives him the satisfaction of using his hands and his creativity to make a finished product from scratch.
From what he has shown so far, he would work well!