Saxon Hill Special School student Chris Cotterill
Saxon Hill Special School student Chris Cotterill

A Lichfield teenager with learning disabilities is being given the chance to learn all about the workplace at Samuel Johnson Hospital.

Saxon Hill Special School pupil Chris Cotterill is helping in the hospital’s reception on Fridays between 9.30am and 11.30am.

John Ward, work-experience co-ordinator at South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) Provider Services, said:

“I was approached by Saxon Hill Special School to see if we could place some one within the PCT and I was introduced to Chris who has a learning disability and is in a wheelchair. It was obvious that Chris had a friendly personality and would gain experience from working with the general public.”

The 17-year-old began his placement last Friday and is already gaining in confidence thanks to the placement.

Hilary Pardoe, from Saxon Hill Special School, said:

“Chris wanted to experience the world of work and wanted to work at the hospital because the type of experience offered is relevant to his ambitions and uses his strengths. He is really enjoying the experience and especially likes talking to people and giving help. He is grateful for the opportunity to work at the hospital, especially as they had to make alterations to the reception desk to accommodate his wheelchair. The experience is giving him confidence in his abilities.”


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