Working for MacIntyre
Working at MacIntyre is more than a job in social care. It is a real opportunity to make a valued difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities.
"Gemma is a petite woman who has been working in the coffee shop for about a year. We knew that Gemma didn’t seem to enjoy engaging with staff or other learners, but we didn’t know why or understand what we were doing wrong. We felt that she was hiding under her cap.
When Gemma started to have more absences from work I asked to meet with her in the tearoom for a chat. We sat at a table and for once we were at the same eye level. Gemma straight away put her head up and started to talk to me and smile! I asked her what was wrong and she replied that I was scary. I asked why she thought I was scary and Gemma explained that I was too tall.
Gemma and I have shared this information with the team and we now all adjust our height so that she can see us properly when we work with her. Gemma no longer hides under her cap and her attendance has much improved.
I think there is a remarkable improvement in her confidence and she is much more able to express herself."
Hayley, Great Holm Coffee Shop