Rehab Job Shadow success
National Job Shadow Day, which took place recently, gave people who use the services provided by RehabCare in Wexford the chance to job shadow people in their local businesses.
Organised by the Irish Association of Supported Employment, Job Shadow Day is an initiative which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to shadow employees from different businesses to get a taste of working in the professional workplace.
Darby Power spent the day in Irish Country Meats, where he shadowed Pierre cooking burgers from their meat range.
'The best thing about today was the whole day.
'I made burgers with Pierre and sat at a board meeting, it was great,' said Darby.
John Joe O'Connor had a busy afternoon with the local gardaí in Wexford.
He got a tour of the station, checked out the interview rooms, tested the finger print machines and even got a spin around town in the squad car.
John Joe said:
'I had a great day, I loved it and the guards even dropped me home'.
Meadhbh Scallan, who spent the day shadowing Carmel at HodgesMill Creche said:
'It was great fun working with the kids'.
In the Department of Social Protection Offices in Wexford, Carole Ryan and Darby Power worked with Jan Bradley and Deirdre Dermody. Jan's feedback was very positive, 'I had a ball working with them; both Carole and Darby are two lovely people and it was more than a pleasure to have them here. I just wish it had been for longer as one day is not enough'.
The Whitford Hotel Leisure Centre supported Jenna Carty on her job shadow day. It was such a successful day that Jenna is now taking part in a work experience programme there.
Sarah Kennedy, Community Services Manager in RehabCare in Wexford said that:
'We want to support people to increase their independence and confidence, so that they can have a better quality of life, whether that is learning to cook, seeking employment opportunities or becoming active members of their communities.
In partnership with the Health Service Executive, RehabCare provides a wide variety of high quality person-centred services.
RehabCare in Wexford which is based in the Whitemill Industrial Estate provides two services for the community:
The Resource Centre and a newly-developed Autism Service, which helps people with a specified disability (learning, mental health, physical and sensory, autism, acquired brain injury) who require support in areas of independent living, taking part in community groups and activities and getting a job.