Clients at Action Mental Health have been gaining an insight to a variety of employment fields thanks to the recent International Job Shadow Day (IJSD).
Run by the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment, Job Shadow Day offers clients work placements with a variety of employers, including one of the NIUSE’s main partners and providers, the Northern Ireland Civil Services.
The event highlights the positive contribution people with health conditions and disabilities can make to workforces and the economy.
Action Mental Health’s clients participating in the event avail of the Working It Out Project which is part-funded through the ESF programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.
Daniel Davey is one such client who participated in the annual event, taking up a day’s job shadowing at Vincent’s Charity Shop in Dunmurry. Daniel, who attends AMH New Horizons Lisburn, had no prior experience was keen to learn about the various facets of the retail business.
Daniel said: “I have been welcomed into Vincent’s (of St Vincent de Paul) and I am looking forward to increasing and developing my skills in retail.”
Vincent’s shop manager, Clare Murray, commented: “’We are very happy to work with AMH and have Daniel in to see what is involved in retail and gain relevant experience’.
Kathryn Charlton was another client who participated in the job shadow day, spending her day’s placement at Downe Travel in Downpatrick, alongside its director, Marie Gallagher.
“I spent the day learning and working alongside a lovely lady called Marie. She showed me the ins and outs of running a successful travel business and guided me though activities with patients and knowledge,” said Kathryn.
“Marie showed me that a lot more goes into planning, organising and documenting than I had first thought. I was taught things from banking to marketing and just how much of an impact the layout of the shop can have on the client. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience into the world of work after this and hope to take all the skills I learned from it into the future to help me in any career down the line,” she added.
Marie commented: “Kathryn enjoyed her day at our Downpatrick store. Initially she was nervous but within minutes she relaxed and embraced all the tasks that we had organised for her.”
“She did express that she would be more comfortable working back of house and with the right encouragement I can see that she would be very employable in the right environment.
We wish her well for the future.”