This month My Life My Choice member Steve Mansell is celebrating 30 years of work at the Abingdon Tesco.
Steve has been working at the Tesco in Abingdon since 1988 having got the job through his college. Since 2014, Steve has been meeting and greeting people, where, he says, all the customers really love him. Steve decided to work in meeting and greeting rather than in groceries after helping a woman and her son so well that the woman told the store manager who rewarded Steve with a bar of galaxy!
During his time at Tesco, Steve has won bronze, silver and gold awards for his service, as well as winning employee of the month several times.
In recognition of this amazing achievement, Steve received a letter of congratulations from Layla Moran, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon. Ms Moran said that she had been contacted by “so many people in Abingdon who really appreciate” Steve’s smile and welcome when they go to Tesco. Ms Moran also congratulated Steve on his “service to the community” which she said was an “amazing achievement”.
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre in 2016, only 6% of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in England are in paid work. As such, it is wonderful to see Steve succeeding so well and setting a wonderful example of how people with learning disabilities can contribute to their community through paid work.
Steve said that it is “amazing … fulfilling and stimulating” to have a job and he has really enjoyed working at Tesco over the years. Steve also said that “I think everyone with learning disabilities should have a job and have the same opportunities as me. I believe in setting an example by working so people with learning disabilities have the confidence to work”.
You can read more about people with learning disabilities and jobs in our latest campaign.