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Richie thrives as part of the team
Article date: 21 Dec 2012

Floor associate Richie Harris is a familiar face at The Robert Ransome, in Ipswich.

Richie works two four-hour shifts per week at the pub in the Suffolk town, on Monday and Wednesday, clearing tables and helping to clean up behind the bar.

Richie, who has learning difficulties, also attends Genesis, in Ipswich – which provides personalised services supporting those with disabilities and their families and carers.

The emphasis is on developing independence, providing stimulating activities and work experience training, through various projects, with the chance to learn employment and life skills and experience, working as a part of a team.

As well as being accompanied by his care worker at The Robert Ransome, Richie works alongside team leader Lisa Grooms at the pub.

Lisa joined the pub as a bar associate, when it opened in May 2009, while Richie joined the team almost a year ago.

Lisa said: “Richie is a very enthusiastic member of the team, and I enjoy working with him. We work well together and have a giggle too!

“The regular customers have got to know him very well. He gets on with everyone and even comes into the pub for a cuppa every Tuesday, on his day off.”

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