Broadlands RDA receives Treloar’s Supported Internship Employer Certificate
Last week, Treloar’s Supported Internship Coordinator Charlotte Mills visited Broadlands RDA in Medstead to personally deliver Treloar’s Supported Internship Employer Certificate to them. Broadlands RDA is a riding group that offers horse riding activities to disabled children and adults that has been very supportive in offering work experience/Internship work placements to Treloar’s students.
This summer term, Treloar College student, Emily, had weekly sessions at Broadlands during which she helped out with stable duties, cleaning the tack and grooming the horses. In her last session, Emily also had a riding opportunity. She said:
I enjoyed my work placement at Broadlands RDA in Medstead. I did find some of the work a bit repetitive at times but it taught me to keep positive and carry on as there were other jobs I really enjoyed. All jobs have bits that aren’t as interesting as other bits, but they are all important skills to learn. It helped me with my independence and directing skills, I really liked everyone there. I didn’t enjoy it when it rained though! I absolutely loved riding on my last day. I will miss the horses, especially Whiskey!
About the Supported Internship Programme
Treloar’s Supported Internships are run throughout the academic year for a few of Treloar’s Employability, Independence and Intern students. The charity works with employers in many different fields who offer the students anything from a few taster days, several sessions a term to two or three days weekly working. Treloar’s students are supported by a fully trained Treloar’s assistant in the workplace, who sometimes is just there on call if needed; the students become part of the employer’s staff team. Treloar’s Supported Internship Coordinator Charlotte Mills said:
Many young disabled people face daily challenges, often discrimination in the able-bodied working world. By completing their final internship year at Treloar’s, students build their self-confidence, different types of work skills, people skills, communication, independence, advocacy; it focuses students on their abilities, not on their disabilities.
Treloar’s prides itself on focussing its young people on what they can do, not what they can’t. Enabling disabled young people to volunteer and gain work place skills often leads on to part-time paid employment in their futures, which can greatly improve their life chances, further opportunities and really can be life changing for them.
Become Supported Internship Employer
Treloar’s is always keen to speak with any employers who may be considering supporting its students in any way that they may be able to, our Supported Internship Programme is very flexible to suit both employer and student.
Charlotte Mills (Progress and Transition Internship Coordinator) and Mary Menzies (Work Experience Coordinator) are available to discuss any opportunities and Treloar’s will fully support the employers throughout the process.
If you would like to find out more information about the Supported Internships Programme and how to get involved, please contact Maria Sherwood, Progress and Transition Manager, on email@example.com or Charlotte Mills, PTC/ Internship Coordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org