Each week, our staff and volunteers support more than 250 people with mental illness, learning disabilities, autism or brain injuries to learn and develop work and life skills through a broad range of vocational opportunities.
This video goes behind the scenes at Workbridge, highlighting what the charity means to the people who understand it the best – the service users, staff and volunteers who access it on a daily basis.
Seeing the smile on a service user’s face when they have achieved something, however small, and knowing they have grown in confidence and self-esteem is what I like most about my job.
One of our service users, Gary, has completed a placement at the University of Northampton in the Grounds Team, and he has got on fantastically.
His supervisor at the University said: “We’ve been really impressed with Gary’s horticultural knowledge, and he’s proving himself to be a fantastic asset to our team.”
When we were announced as finalists of the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards Independent Café/Tea Room of the Year we were invited to a black tie event at the Royal and Derngate.
To get there, myself and a catering service user, Darren, took part in a bake-off at Northampton College and we were invited along with Darren’s family to the evening.
It was so exciting waiting with baited breath to hear if we had won, and when they announced that we had won Darren’s face was a picture. It truly brought tears to my eyes seeing his face. He forgot all of his nerves and was first on the stage to collect our award, and that is a feeling I will never forget.
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