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Tom Handley - Data Input Clerk/Admin

Tom is a great example of the opportunities Refurnish have been able to provide. Registered disabled, his determination to train and succeed and make the most of the opportunities presented to him have led to a full time permanent position with our organisation.

In his own word below, Tom describes his Refurnish experience.

Working for Refurnish has been a life changing experience. I had been looking for work for ages but with no luck. My disability being the main factor. People, employers just could not see past it.

I hate being labelled disabled, I have never let my physical situation get in the way. I don't see it as an issue. I can do virtually everything anyone else can do and what is more I can do it well.

I came to Refurnish through a training work placement that was being run by Morthyn. I enjoyed the work so much that after my placement had finished I volunteered and stayed on. I am now employed full time as a Data Input/Admin Assistant.

My work is very varied, it involves; data inputting, stock control, administration and quality assurance and occasionally I get out to attend community events as well.

Working gives people personal pride. It inspires them to achieve. Since working at Refurnish I have re-found myself. I feel valued as a person and I feel proud that through my work I contribute to society.

I have learnt new skills which have broadened my horizons and I have made lots of new friends.