People using Vivo Care Choices’ services at Water Tower Gardens recently attended a graduation ceremony to celebrate successfully completing the Work and Voluntary Enterprise (WAVE) programme.

The aim of WAVE, a 12-week programme, is to help people with learning disabilities and autism learn a range of new skills to get them ready for employment or volunteering.

Six people who access Vivo’s services at Water Tower Gardens were the first to take part in the programme, learning about communication, health and safety, dressing appropriately for the workplace, teamwork and much more.

After successfully completing the programme, all six have found placements so they can put their new skills to use, with Jason fulfilling his dream by working in a library, car enthusiast Gary helping out at a garage and keen cook Stephen keeping busy at Vivo’s Little Roodee Café.

Gina is working at Vivo’s Diverse Designs shop and serving any customers, while Joyce and Keryn have both been given new roles in Vivo’s day service at Canal Street, helping with reception duties and making sure the centre runs smoothly.

The ceremony was an opportunity for the six graduates to come together with staff, family and friends to celebrate their achievements.

The WAVE programme will continue to be rolled out across Vivo so people using services can become more independent in the local community.

Vivo is currently recruiting staff to help people it supports enjoy life to the full, offering competitive pay with enhancements for a number of different shifts, an excellent pension scheme with significant employer contribution, ongoing training and development opportunities and much more.