A CHARITY is urging more firms to offer work placements to disabled young people after a successful pilot scheme at the Hyde Park Hayes office complex.
The Disablement Association of Hillingdon (DASH) hosted an event at the complex on Thursday last week that was attended by Hillingdon Mayor Michael Markham and representatives from a number of the companies that DASH has worked with.
Development manager Rob Burton said: “Work placements are vital for disabled young people to gain experience of the real world. Disability does not mean inability and that’s been demonstrated by one of our young people – Dan Reed from Ickenham – who has been working here one day a week since last November.”
Simon Cheetham, the estates manager for Hyde Park Hayes said: “Dan has been brilliant – he’s demonstrated that he likes to get involved and we’ve given him a number of responsible tasks looking after the facilities for our tenants – everything from changing air filters in the air conditioning units, water temperature testing, recording safety data and helping out on reception.
“He has been a breath of fresh air here and we’ve probably improved our operating procedures as a result of his placement. We’ve enjoyed every minute of his time here.
“I’d certainly urge other companies to offer work placements to disabled young people.”
If you would like more details about DASH, visit the website at www.dash.org.uk.