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As part of the programme this week, we had a couple of guest speakers come to talk to us about options that people might like to consider for the future, to continue their own personal development, especially as this group is coming to the end of their six months.

There is absolutely no expectation or pressure on Epilepsy Futures participants to think about returning to paid employment, and indeed there can be lots of practical reasons why this might not be suitable, impact on benefits, unpredictability of seizures, etc.

Charlie Canning of Glasgow Centre for Independent Living (GCIL) came to speak about their  Open Door programme which supports people with a disability/long term condition to work on their own personal development, and can help to find people 9 month long work placements.

Then we were joined by Derek Craig of Volunteer Glasgow who spoke about the Volunteering Works programme, a 5 week SQA approved programme to help people build skills via volunteering related activity.

As you can see from below, Steven enjoyed the experience, though it was tinged with disappointment because he lived outside the area covered for Open Doors.

Today (Wednesday 11 April 2018) we all had a inspiring and productive morning thanks to Charlie Canning of the organisation GCIL,  as he discussed his project “Open Doors”.

This is a programme that is developed to help and give disabled people the opportunities to be involved in an employment experience placement which is paid. You are also experiencing new skills, qualifications, but most importantly it’s a programme designed especially to increased confidence of disabled and vulnerable individuals.

Open Door programme is such an exciting and rewarding opportunity’s. It was great to meet with Charlie it was comforting to see how passionate he was for the project.

I personally was inspired and passionate regarding Open Door as I believe I would definitely benefit from it as I am looking to move on to work based programmes and trainee schemes with the benefit of eventually moving on to full time work.

Unfortunately I was disappointed when I discovered I wasn’t eligible to apply for the scheme as the funding only covers Glasgow, and though I am up in Glasgow for Futures I don’t stay there.

I truly understand. Everything does happen for a reason and the programme just wasn’t for me at the moment.

Later on in the afternoon, Derek from Glasgow Volunteer Centre visited us,  presenting us with lots of information and advice regarding volunteering opportunities and organisations that we could get involved in, and I felt encouraged and motivated after his presentation.

Steven Connelly