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Award for supporting worker with sight loss

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

PRESENTATION: From the left, Jenna Vivian from Action for Blind People, Sharon Frost, registered manager, Sharon Frost, senior care assistant from Quay Court Home, and Tim Colebrook.

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A KINGSBRIDGE care home has been presented with an award for good practice in employing a person with sight loss.

The 'See the Capability, not the Disability' award, presented by the charity Action for Blind People to Quay Court Care Home, follows a nomination made by Tim Colebrook, from Kingsbridge.

He started working as a care assistant last October, his appointment coinciding with the deterioration of his sight.

Now registered as severely sight impaired, he has survived the biggest challenge of his life, benefiting from Quay Court Care Home's commitment to create an environment which allows him to remain a valuable employee, regardless of sight loss.

Tim said: "The care home manager and my colleagues have been very supportive. They volunteered to undergo visual awareness training, giving them a better understanding of my and other residents' sight conditions.

"The support I get from the care home is incredible. Sharon Frost, who manages the home has committed to making any adjustments I need to continue working here. I know I can approach her with any concerns about my duties; I just can't thank her enough."

He added: "When I started to lose my sight I was really scared I would have to give up work, but due to the help and support I got from Action for Blind People and my manager and colleagues, I am able to stay in the job I really enjoy."

Action for Blind People worked closely with Tim, advising him about access to work and helping with his successful application for travel support, allowing him to travel to and from work by taxi.

The charity's employment service is available to all visually impaired people, providing guidance on making the most of their existing skills; building confidence to gain and retain employment.

Action for Blind People provides practical support in looking for a job; arranges work experience and organises interview techniques training. Guidance is also available to employers.

Jenna Vivian, employment co-ordinator at Action for Blind People said: "Devon Care Group's team at Quay Court Care Home has supported Tim through a difficult adjustment. Their attitude, and consideration for Tim's needs have been second to none. The company deserves recognition, and I'm delighted Tim contacted Action for Blind People to make the nomination."

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