With Mencap's support, Tim* started paid employment as a trolley porter. He was offered twelve hours work per week. Mencap Pathway provided support in the workplace for Tim, advice and guidance for the employer, referrals to other organisations and services to support Tim through a difficult time. Access to Work agreed to fund the travel expenses incurred by Tim, who lives in a rural area and finds independent travel extremely stressful.
However, after about 18 months Access to Work stopped funding Tim's transport because his employer was unable to offer him 16 hours work. This was not due to Tim's ability to work, but because the employer did not have the hours available to offer. Mencap Pathway spent three weeks looking for other means of supporting Tim to and from work but ultimately there was no long-term solution. As a result, Tim's job ended and he was left with nothing to do.
[*Not real name]
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