For Chrissy, no challenge was too big or too small. Diving into her local swimming pool? Easy. Reaching great heights on a trampoline? Simple. So, as Kelly a Support Worker from Leicester shares, it was time to find a brand new adventure for Chrissy.
Kelly shares how she found another way to support Chrissy to use her skills through volunteering.
"Together we have mastered many small challenges, so I decided it was time to try something bigger! Chrissy likes to see everything in its rightful place, so I thought of trying out volunteering at a local shop."
Approaching local stores, Kelly asked about whether she and Chrissy could help with stacking shelves and supporting stock rotation to best focus Chrissy's mind.
Aware not to overwhelm Chrissy, Kelly supported her on a visit to the shop. Once she had visited a few times and appeared visibly comfortable, it was time to get to work...starting with the confectionery aisle.
"I showed her how to locate the correct sweet station, open the boxes, fill the shelf and recycle the leftover packaging. Over the past couple of months, Chrissy has built up to volunteering in this way for an hour every Thursday."
"Chrissy has grown in confidence in what she is there to do, now I only prompt or guide. I honestly couldn’t be prouder of what she has achieved. The staff in the shop are happy with what we are doing and have been offering her sweets and chocolates to take away with her, as a reward for a job well done. I was so thrilled with her achievement that I bought her a bouquet to say “congratulations”.
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