Simon Jarvis, floor associate at The Greyhound, is celebrating 10 years with the company.
He joined Wetherspoon when Bromley Mencap approached pub managers Andy and Doreen Bawn (all pictured), asking about the possibility of work placements at the pub – for those with learning difficulties.
At the time, Andy and Doreen, the husband-and-wife team, were running The Richmal Crompton, in Bromley. They recruited Simon on a permanent basis and trained him to work ‘front of house’, in a part-time role, two days a week.
When the couple moved to The Greyhound, also in Bromley, when it opened in July 2011, they took six members of their team with them, including Simon, to work at the new pub.
Andy said: “Simon is very much part of the family at the pub and a great favourite with his fellow colleagues and regular customers alike.
“He now works just on Fridays, the late afternoon/early evening shift, making sure that the customer area is cleared, tidy and clean. After work, he goes out with friends, but always rings the pub to let us know when he is back home safely.
“Since Simon has worked with us, he has moved from sheltered housing into more independent living – and his job has definitely helped with his progress and self-confidence.
“Doreen and I attend bi-annual meetings to update his case workers about his progress and have nothing but praise and positive feedback for them.”
Mencap works in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.
Their work includes: providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose; providing advice through helplines and websites; campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want.