Walthamstow man discovers learning difficulties no barrier to achievement with Ascham Homes and Osborne

Ascham Homes and Osborne Property Services are leading the way in Waltham Forest, by offering a work placement to a local disabled person in the construction industry.

In partnership with Learning Disability Experience LDX (formerly Waltham Forest Mencap), this exciting initiative, has enabled William McInally, a local 19 year old with learning disabilities, to experience the construction industry first-hand under the supervision of professionals. William has always been keen to work but has faced constant barriers due to his learning disability. Ascham Homes, with their forward thinking and inclusive ethos, welcomed William. Their partnership has seen William gain experience and equipped him with useful skills that he can transfer into the workplace.

Will embarked on the three week programme during October 2013 in Walthamstow. The Site Team involved Will in most aspects of works included ensuring the site was kept clean and safe, prepping windows ready for installation and engaging with residents that visited the site. Will also found time to build some birdboxes and presented one to Madeleine Forster, Ascham Homes’ Chief Executive.

Will feels that he gained a lot from the experience and commented, “I would like to say a special thank you to all of you for allowing me to work experience with Osborne. I have learnt a lot and found the work very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the work such as the fabricating , going up the scaffolding and having a great view of London and meeting new people, learning new skills and having a good laugh. I hope to do it again sometime in the future with you, may you continue to do a great job”.

Andrew Gratton, Service Delivery Manager at Osborne, said: “The Osborne Ascham Homes team was very pleased to give Will this opportunity to develop his skills and confidence. The impact of giving people with learning disabilities real work experience and support can be life changing, the value of which should not be underestimated.”

Madeleine Forster, Chief Executive at Ascham Homes said: “Ascham Homes aim to help break down barriers which people with disabilities face when trying to access leisure, education, employment and services in their community. We are delighted to work in partnership with LDX and Osborne to help people with learning difficulties into the workplace”.