I’ve just got back from my respite evening out and feel like sticking my head in a gas oven (shame mine is electric).
Up until a year or so ago, there were four people, 3 ladies and one man, with downs syndrome, who used to spend a raucous Monday evening in the pub. I haven’t seen them for ages but tonight they came in.
Later I was chatting to the landlady and she told me that until last summer all four of them were in paid work, three of them for the same employer. Then. all of a sudden they were all laid off.
Now, all four of them are on workfare, with the only opportunities offered to them, voluntary work. Most shittingly, the company that employed three of them are part of the workfare scheme and have taken one of the ladies back. But of course she doesn’t get paid.
A year ago, these were four very independent people. They brought their own drinks, had their meals, played the fruit machines and chatted to other customers.
Now, they have sod all.
Thankfully the landlady is a good soul and lets them have a drink and meal for nothing.
But it shouldn’t be that way.
From → Social Care