The Marine Hotel in Paignton has been working with the Down’s Syndrome Association’s WORKFIT programme to ensure the staff team can support their new colleague, Amy in her new paid, permanent role as part of their team. WORKFIT supports people with Down’s syndrome to access meaningful work opportunities.
The management team at The Marine Hotel were determined to give a work opportunity to someone with Down’s syndrome to promote equality and diversity within their workforce. The Marine Hotel recognises the significant benefits of employing a workforce that reflects the diversity of Paignton’s community.
Amy works in the restaurant and has received great support from her new colleagues, who were keen to embrace the WorkFit programme and to help her learn new skills using a range of techniques.
Chloe, Amy’s work colleague says, “Amy is such a lovely girl with a ‘can do’ attitude and is never funny about being asked to do things and won’t say no. It’s been a brilliant experience. I have learned a lot about people that have Down’s syndrome. I think now I am comfortable working with a person with Down’s syndrome.”
Amy’s mum says, “I should like to thank ALL of the staff at the Marine Hotel for embracing my daughter, Amy, with a positive approach and making her feel a part of the team. Employing a person with Down’s syndrome, I am sure, may seem a daunting prospect especially when you don’t know what to expect. Amy loves going to work, loves her new friends and feels that she has achieved a lot in the short time that she has been there by being given more responsibility each day. Thank you for giving Amy the chance to show what she can do and how she can do it all with a smile. She really does feel like a valued member of the team……and loves getting that pay packet!”