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Charity’s hard work pays off

Team members at a local charity have celebrated the impact of their hard work.

 

The Aldingbourne Trust, based just north of the A27, runs an award-winning WorkAid scheme which aims to match adults with learning disabilities or autism with suitable work placements.

 

This week they have celebrated the progress of John Buck, 51, who is just one of the people they support.

 

John works as a trolly attendant at Tesco but has worked in a number of different areas in the past.

 

John’s employment consultant at WorkAid, Anthony Hughes, said: “John is a great character. He is a very enthusiastic worker and would attempt to dig to Australia if you asked.”

 

After gaining experience at the Acorn horticultural unit, he gained full-time employment at a local garden nursery.

 

When the garden centre closed down, he looked for more employment and gained further experience through a range of other jobs.

 

John worked as a warehouse and office cleaner and as a grape picker at a local vineyard. John has now been happily working at Tesco for three months and is considered a valuable member of the team.

 

He has at times been offered overtime and has now been offered a permanent contract.

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