Former Foundation Prospects student Sarah Burchell has been offered a permanent volunteering role after impressing staff at Naomi House & Jacksplace.

Former Highbury Prospects student Sarah standing near Naomi House & Jacksplace, Cosham Shop Manager Andrea Pledge in the charity shop

Last year, Sarah successfully completed a Supported Internship at Highbury College – a course designed to develop independence and employability skills in young adults with a learning difficulty or disability through a mixture of life skills lessons and work experience.

Sarah enjoyed her work placement with Naomi House & Jacksplace so much she jumped at the chance to become a permanent volunteer.

The 23-year-old said: “I enjoyed doing my work experience at Naomi House. Everyone is really friendly and if I do something wrong, they’re really nice about it and show me how to do it properly. It has helped me get skills like managing money and customer service. I was excited when I was offered the volunteering role because I really like it here.”

Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 525 life-limited and life-threatened children, young adults and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. The charity raises vital funds through its popular charity shops, which can be found in high streets across the South of England, including the local Cosham branch.

Andrea Pledge, Shop Manager and Sarah’s line manager, said: “We’ve had numerous Highbury students work with us before and they’re always happy to be here. Obviously, it’s great that Sarah has returned as a volunteer because of how hard working she is.

“Sarah is really committed and when she’s here she does a number of tasks. She can do lots of different things, including processing donations, hanging and tagging the clothes. She’s also really good at customer service within the shop. Sarah follows instructions really well, so I can give her a job to do, even if it’s something new, and she’ll pick it up really quickly and get it done.”

Sarah would also recommend the Supported Internship to others adding: “It’s a really good course and you might get a job afterwards. I liked it at Highbury because all my friends were there, and the teachers and learning assistants help you out a lot. It’s a really good college and I loved it because all the staff are friendly and kind.”

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  • Date 03/11/2020