It’s the end of an era here at SeaChange as we sadly say goodbye to one of the best aka Sam.
Sam joined us as part of a 6-month Kickstart Scheme, before taking on a full-time role through Access to Work – a government support initiative that helps people with a disability or health condition seek employment.
“I applied because I liked everything about SeaChange. I knew about their mission and I have personal experiences of autism and I liked that there would be support for me within my job role. I am also vegan so this really appealed to me as well”.
It all started in 2019 when we made it our mission to turn the tide by offering inspiration, inclusion and employment to adults with a diagnosis. With close collaboration from AutismAble, gradually, we became a place where students with bags of potential learned to express themselves, build new skills, and achieve their ambitions, and this was certainly the case for Sam.
“When I first started SeaChange I was really anxious about everything, working at SeaChange has helped me to overcome some of my anxieties. I have become more resilient because of my role and the support I have received along the way has helped me with this. I have also realised that I can cope under pressure and I can handle more situations than I thought I ever could”.
“I am now more independent, when I first started at SeaChange, I would not leave the house alone or walk to work even though I only lived round the corner and now I am going to be travelling to work in Newcastle independently”.
“SeaChange certainly helped me apply for my new role, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply beforehand, especially not somewhere in a busy city. I’ll miss seeing the team and regular customers, but I’m going to pop in often and keep in touch with everyone”.
We can’t thank Sam enough for all of his hard work this past year and we are certainly going to miss him.
I’m sure you will all join us in wishing him the very best of luck as he heads to the big city for his new role as a Starbucks Barista.