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Work experience

Work experience is an important part of learning at The Grange and we encourage you to undertake a placement if you can. It is an excellent way to get out into the community, learn new skills and move towards greater independence. Several people from The Grange have gone on to find paid employment.

Work experience is open to you whether you live on- or offsite at The Grange and or whether you travel in from home to our Skills & Activity courses. As work experience is unpaid, it does not affect your benefits package. Above you can see Zena on reception at Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust HQ, Jess who helps at a nearby stables, Janice on work experience at Waitrose, Jo volunteering in a charity shop, Jamie meeting and greeting visitors to Polesden Lacey National Trust property and Michael at Sainsbury’s.

Work experience co ordinator

Mel Sheehan, our dedicated Work Experience Co ordinator, will help you find the right placement and we support you every step of the way.

Support for work experience

If you apply for a work experience placement, you will complete a risk assessment with support to help you prepare for the work environment. A good way to build up your confidence is to work first in our shops and cafes.

Working with 30 employers

We work with over 30 local employers – from charity shops and the National Trust property, Polesden Lacey, to offices, a petting zoo and childcare.

Recently, we have partnered with the Dorking branch of Waitrose, where people we support can train in customer service skills which may lead to work experience in the store.

Paid employment

Four people within our service now have paid work. We are aiming to liaise more closely with EmployAbility over the next year to help more people into paid work opportunities.

  • Jess’s story

    Jess’s story

    Caring for horses

    Jess helps at a local stables

  • Ben's story

    Ben's story

    Paid work

    Ben goes off on the bus to his job as a gardener

  • Sarah’s blog

    Sarah’s blog

    Employee concerns

    People with disabilities are great workers - but can they get a job asks Work Experience Co ordinator, Sarah Herman.