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Hi readers, its’ Emily, Kerry and William here this week, talking about being included in work.


It’s hard to get jobs if you have a learning disability. We think lots of employers don’t want to take the time to understand us, or maybe think we can’t do the jobs they might have for us. But we can do lots of things! We have proved people wrong lots of times, like who thought three people with a learning disability would be writing a weekly column for so many years. And now are writing a book about Susie the cat! I, Kerry, was even co-chair of the National Forum for people with learning disabilities. What was good in that job was that it was in an environment that was supportive of my disability, and I got the support I needed, so could do a great job!


As for me, I Emily, lost my job last year as the care home that I worked in closed. It’s been difficult to find work. My Mum’s friend mentioned a new café opening in Dorchester, Crafty Cuppa. I took the owner, Jenny, my CV, and I can volunteer there. I’ve already learnt how to use the coffee machine! I’m going in one evening this week, to meet everyone who will be working there, or renting a shelf. Crafty Cuppa opens on 25th May so check it out. Maybe I’ll make you a coffee!


As for me, William, it wasn’t easy to get the voluntary jobs I have, in the Garden Centre, at Borough Gardens and with Eucan. But I think working hard, being reliable and a good team member means I have been there a long time and am valued there. These roles make me feel proud, helping businesses and the public.


Next week we are going to talk about Kerry’s holiday!



The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff

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