COSGROVE Care is celebrating more than just the new year, as the end of 2012 brings good news for a valued member of staff.
The Giffnock-based charity – for people of all ages with learning disabilities and mental health problems – is very proud to announce a win for service user Barry Vallance, who works in the charity’s Shawlands shop.
Barry was nominated for employee of the year at the Scottish Business Diversity Awards, and recently received the bronze prize at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
Cosgrove’s community fundraiser, Nicola Diamond, told The Extra: “Barry’s early years were blighted by being bullied, excluded and isolated at school, because he had a learning disability.
“Barry has overcome significant personal and social difficulties, and is now an exemplary employee with Cosgrove Care, valued by customers and colleagues”.
As reported in The Extra recently, the charity set up its supported employment scheme in 2007, in a bid to overcome exclusion of people with learning difficulties.
The scheme allows service users to gain work experience and national qualifications in the charity shop, improving their chances of getting into paid employment.