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Placing spotlight on SEN contribution to NHS

25 June 2019

On Wednesday (25 June), we celebrated the contribution of 14 inspiring young people with special educational needs (SEN) to the Trust, with a graduation at The Stoop stadium in Twickenham.

This is part of the piloted Project Choice scheme, a programme that gives said young people a chance to boost their employability skills and self-confidence, by working one day a week for an academic year at our Trust. They undertook roles in Library and Knowledge services, Recruitment, Facilities and other departments. The roles were tailor-made to suit the participating individuals and along the way are mentored by managers of such departments.

The young people came from Belvue College, a special school located in Northolt.

The programme is led by Lindsay McCafferty, the Trust’s Work Experience and Widening Participation Lead. She spoke with absolute pride when presenting certificates to the young people.

Joan Gibson, Belvue College’s Key Stage 5 Assistant Head spoke at the graduation and hailed Project Choice. She said: “The students felt at the end they can achieve things at work. Parents were really pleased to see their young people working in meaningful roles in a place like the NHS.”

Project Choice is a trailblazer with the Trust being the first in London to offer a scheme that accommodates young people with SEN in such a way.

The photo album of the graduation can be found on our Facebook page here. Pictured above: all the graduates with their mentors.

Watch here our promotional video of Project Choice, and see for yourself how the young people have benefitted from this programme.