Wetherspoon’s pubs in five towns across Staffordshire have been recognised for their work with people with learning difficulties.
The Mencap newsletter for the region dedicated a whole page to Wetherspoon and those who have been employed successfully at outlets in Staffordshire.
Debbie Whittingham, Wetherspoon’s area manager, said: “We have been working in partnership with Mencap over the last year or so – and it has been mutually beneficial.
“We have some wonderful people working in our pubs and, as a consequence, have given some young people a great opportunity to work for Wetherspoon and gain experience in the workplace, as well as training.
“Our pub managers, as well as our customers, have been extremely supportive. The help and support which we have had from Mencap’s Jan Risker has been great.”
Jan Risker of Mencap said: “Mencap would like to thank Wetherspoon personally, for all of the help and support offered in placements, training and paid work. Throughout the year, we have had success from several placements.”
At The Bole Bridge and The Silk Kite, in Tamworth, Guy and Andrew are successfully employed as staff associates. Andrew, from Coton Green, also achieved three gold medals at the Great Britain Special Olympics, in the 200 and 400 metres, as well as in the long jump.
Other successes include pot-washer Shakoor, at The Lord Burton, in Burton upon Trent, staff associate Matthew at The Picture House, in Stafford, Kylie and Daniel, both pot-washers at The Acorn Inn and The Gatehouse, in Lichfield, and, in Wolverhampton, there
has been help in offering work experience placements and induction training.