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Hospital Employability Project – Sponsored Onesie Walk

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Project SEARCH’S primary objective is to secure full time, paid employment for people with learning disabilities and autism.

The SEARCH programme at Hairmyres Hospital it is a partnership between South Lanarkshire Council Supported Employment, New College Lanarkshire, ISS Facility Services and NHS Lanarkshire. The project also includes many other local employers involved with the site.

The goal of the programme is to provide on-site internship experiences for young adults with learning disabilities and autism which help them to acquire the skills necessary to secure competitive employment.

Project SEARCH has grown from its original programme site at Cincinatti Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, USA to over 350 sites across 40 states and four countries. Project SEARCH enables young people with a disability to try out 3 or 4 different work roles within the hospital environment supported by a job coach and lecturers.

During the students time on the Project they follow a set curriculum throughout the year and this covers a range of modules and life skills to support them reach their goal of paid employment. The students cover employability skills, fit for work, interview skills, CV building, job search, personal awareness, health and safety, your money, communication skills and vocational profile. As part of the Vocational Profile the students are encouraged to build a network, getting to know your neighbourhood and making a valuable contribution. The students decided to hold a fundraising event for the Kilbryde Hospice to support the first in patient hospice within South Lanarkshire. Kilbryde Hospice is a charity that exists to provide care and support to people affected by life limiting illnesses, such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, C.O.P.D and many others. The hospice also supports the patient’s families, carers and people who have been bereaved. 

On 17th March 2015 the students and staff dressed up in their favourite onesies and completed a sponsored walk around Strathclyde Park. There was a lot of laughter, second glances from members of the public and team spirit. As a result Project SEARCH Hairmyres managed to raise a fantastic £1000 which was presented to Kilbryde Hospice Chief Executive Gordon McHugh.