Sunderland Down’s Syndrome woman beats disability to land hospital job

Jenny Dimmock (left), with Carol Harries of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
Jenny Dimmock (left), with Carol Harries of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
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A YOUNG Wearside woman has seen determination to overcome disability land her a new job.

Jenny Dimmock has Down’s syndrome – but hasn’t let this hold her back.

After completing her studies as part of a pilot project - Project Choice – the 21-year-old has landed a permanent job working in the pathology laboratory at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Gateshead College worked with City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver Project Choice and ensure disabled people gain the skills and self confidence to succeed in the workplace.

Jenny has benefitted from tuition and guidance from teachers who have worked in industry, gaining the personal confidence to succeed in her job in the pathology lab, where she works with a team of scientists.

She received help to improve her work and life skills in time and money management, workplace etiquette and guidance in work skills such as cleaning, administration and distributing drugs to the wards.

Jenny, from Grangetown, who this year won a national Learning for Work Award, said: “I would like to thank the teachers for all their encouragement and support.

“I’m so proud of myself to have a job - I really like working and being busy.

“I have had amazing times since starting my work experience and fulfilled my ambition of getting a permanent job.”

Kevin Marston, from Gateshead College, said: “We’re delighted with the success of the Project Choice pilot programme.

“This pioneering partnership with Sunderland and Newcastle hospitals aimed to break down the barriers that might prevent individuals with disabilities from achieving success and securing employment.”

He added: “Our focus was on engaging and enabling.

“We wanted to equip learners with important life skills and also increase their confidence to improve their chances of gaining employment and Jenny’s story shows just how much an impact the programme has had.

She has worked extremely hard and we are very proud of her.”

He said the project has been so successful it has the potential to be run nationally.

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