Louise Palin starts new job at The University of Leeds.
Last March 2018, Louise worked at the pop up café set up by Sunshine & Smiles. It was here that her parents, Maxine & Nick, really saw what she was capable of! Louise successfully completed barista training and then put those skills into practice at the café. Up until then, Maxine & Nick say they never thought she would be able to work.
“How wrong we were!” Said Maxine.
Louise has worked regular shifts at Sunshine & Smiles’ more permanent café & shop – 21 Co. in Headingley since it opened in January.
Maxine Said: “she loves it. I have never seen anyone so excited to be going to work. Louise’s skills are improving consistently while working at 21 Co. and it has been great for her inter-personal skills, speech and language, independence and accounting experience.”
Louise is also a volunteer on a Monday at her local Neighbourhood Elders Team. Here she helps the elderly at their luncheon club and socialises with them. It has been a great success.
Since starting at 21 Co. Louise registered with the Down Syndrome Association’s WorkFit programme and as a result starts paid work at the Edit Room café at Leeds University on Wednesday 2nd October.
Good luck Louise – you will be great! 🙂