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I was chomping at the bit to get back into work – #100days100stories

Sean, 28, was supported by Scope into a placement at a camping supplies shop in north Wales, which became a permanent job. He and his employer, Tracy, are sharing their story as part of Scope’s 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

Sean says:Sean, a man in his late 20s, working behind a shop counter

The worst thing about being unemployed is not having a direction – not having a plan, not having anything to do. You find yourself in a lot of despair just trying to do the simplest things, and it’s very difficult.

I’d had to stop work because of illness. I’ve had depression since I was about seven years old, but I’d had a good spell of probably about 10 years where I had no problems at all. But then I just dipped and I needed some help.

In time I got the help required from my GP, and I felt ready to start working again probably about six to eight months after I had to stop.

I definitely knew that I was ready to get back in there – chomping at the bit, to be honest with you.

Getting into the work market was tough. The Jobcentre was quite poor. I think they were more keen on pushing me into any job than the right one.

I really couldn’t say how many jobs I applied for. I still have a big lever arch file of all the applications I’ve done.

Starting at the shop

After having an interview with Scope, I started at the shop in February of 2014.

I love my job. The people I work with are great. There’s quite a lot involved – serving customers, getting stock ordered, a lot of ICT work, and we do a lot of internet sales.

I also did a lot of training through Scope during the first few months,  including an ICT course which I’d had no qualifications in before.Sean, filling in paper work

I think I integrated really well here. They’ve given me a lot of confidence, because they’ve given me a lot of trust; a lot of faith has been put into me.

We’ve just started stocking and selling air rifles – Tracy and Neil didn’t know much about it, but with me being somebody who does go shooting, they thought he could use my knowledge to expand the business.

It’s nice working for somebody who puts faith in their employees, and it gave me a big morale boost to be trusted so much.

I’m feeling like I’m a part of this business, more than just an employee – I’m actually an active part in driving it forward, which makes you feel good about yourself.

Tracy says:Tracey, in the shop

The help that we got from Scope initially was so helpful. I think he was matched well with this place – there was obviously a lot of thought about what Sean likes doing. His adviser was only a phone call away if he ever needed anything.

We knew that if things didn’t work out with Sean we could say so, which means you’re not under so much pressure as a small business.

But it was always going to be that he would come on board with us – and that’s mainly because of the support that he’d got through Scope.

We don’t see any kind of disability as a stumbling block. As long as you can do the job it doesn’t matter, and if you can’t do something, just tell us.

I think most people’s families have been touched by some kind of disability. We certainly have – so if someone is struggling to get a job, then let’s give them an opportunity to get a foot on the ladder here. What better way of getting somebody back in?

It’s been invaluable for us, it really has. And I’m confident that even if we hadn’t been able to take Sean on, he would have walked into another job – his confidence was boosted literally overnight.

Group photos with Sean, Tracy and another man

Find out more about the 100 days, 100 stories campaign, and read the rest of the stories so far.

How to find an accessible campsite

Guest post from Catherine Johnson, the founder of Family Camping Reviews, she gives her top tips for finding an accessible campsite.

Finding an accessible campsite is getting easier. Not just in the UK, but in many parts of Europe as well, campsites are providing better access for disabled people. However even sites which say they are accessible aren’t always suitable and we frequently hear from disabled caravanners and campers that although campsites are listed as having disabled access, this is not always the case in reality.

Here are some top tips for choosing a great location for your next holiday:

Search online

The best place to start when looking for a suitable campsite is with an internet search. This should return a long list of results – campsites that have disabled facilities – there are over a thousand of these in the UK alone.

The Camping and Caravanning Club website has a great search with icons that show whether a campsite has Full Disabled Facilities, Part Disabled Facilities or No Disabled Facilities.

Another great way of finding campsites that are progressive enough to provide the type of facilities you’ll need is to visit some online forums and speciality blogs. Join in the discussion and ask for advice from others – this way you will learn from the experience of others about which sites provide fully for the disabled.

We’ve also put together our choice for the five best disabled friendly campsites in Europe.

Know what to look for

When you’ve found a site which looks good there are some important considerations:

  • What sort of facilities does the campsite have (e.g. swimming pool) and are all these facilities accessible?
  • Does the campsite provide a pick-up service from public transport terminals, is this accessible?
  • Can you take your dog with you?
  • Most holiday’s will be self catering – so are the local shops accessible?

Discuss your requirements

Once you’ve chosen some campsites that you like the look of try contacting them by phone for a chat. Speak to the campsite owners/management and describe your particular requirements. This way, you’ll be able to check that the campsite will be suitable for you.

I hope you have a great holiday!