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Thanks to the help and support from Rotherham specialist care home Greenside Court and a new partnership with a South Yorkshire-based charity, Anthony, 53, is now set to start a new job as a workshop presenter in schools.
After attending an interview and showing his interest into getting back into work, Anthony will be working for JustDifferent – a charity specialising in providing educational workshops around disabilities in schools and workplaces.
Anthony is receiving expert rehabilitation from the care team at Greenside Court, following a debilitating incident in October 2016. Following a car crash, Anthony was left unable to walk or move his neck. Two years on, he can now walk with the assistance of crutches and uses an electric wheelchair when he goes out.
Before the accident, Anthony worked as a teaching assistant and a design and technology technician at a school – making his new job at JustDifferent a perfect fit. The job will see him go out to schools to deliver workshops and talk to school children about his life experiences and the common misconceptions about people who live with disabilities.
JustDifferent contacted Exemplar’s service user engagement manager Sophia Feurtado who immediately recommended Anthony for the job. Following an interview, Anthony was successful in applying for the role.
Anthony said: “I’m really looking forward to going out to the schools and talking to people about my life and how even though I’m in a wheelchair, I’m just the same as everyone else. I’m hoping to be able to go back to the school that I worked at as well so that will be good to see some old faces.
“I’m really grateful for Sophia for putting me in contact with JustDifferent and I can’t wait to go out and about to different places to raise awareness around disability.
“Greenside have helped me so much with my rehabilitation over the last 18 months and now I’ve got a job and I can go home at weekends.”
Sophia Feurtado, Service User Engagement Manager, said: “I am so pleased that Anthony will be able to work with JustDifferent. Anthony was the perfect fit for the opportunity and I’m glad he will be able to work in schools as that is what he did for so many years.
“The charity works with people to go out to local organisations to help break down the barriers of people who have disabilities to send out the message of social inclusion for everyone. Good luck, Anthony!”
A Just Different spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have Anthony join our team of workshop presenters. We believe our work is vital in challenging perceptions of the disabled and having Anthony as an asset will allow us to reach more people in the local area and we are looking forward to showing him how rewarding our work is.”