Lauren’s looking forward to a healthy future thanks to Stepps job

Lauren McDonald
Lauren McDonald

A graduate of a groundbreaking training course has started work at a village health centre.

Lauren McDonald (25) joined the team at Bannatynes Health Club, in Stepps, recently.

She had previously taken part in Project Search, a one-year training course run for people with a learning disability who are working towards finding a job.

It’s run by North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire and SERCO - giving students the opportunity to experience what it’s like being at work, teaching them new skills and helping them understand the demands of the working world.

Laura, who landed the domestic assistant role, said: “I couldn’t believe it and was so happy. I just wanted to tell everyone my news.

“Last year I was on Project Search at Monklands Hospital and one of my placements was in domestic services. I really enjoyed this and knew I was good at it. This experience gave me the confidence to go for the job at Bannatynes Health Club. My job coach helped me to apply for the job and also supported me to attend the interview.

“I really enjoy my job. The staff are all friendly and have made me feel very much part of the team. And it’s great that as a member of staff I can use the leisure facilities too.”

Maureen Cook, the council’s service manager for supported employment, said: “It’s so satisfying when students go on to secure full time jobs and their hard work is realised. The experience and confidence they gain on Project Search is invaluable and equips them with the skills they need. I wish Lauren every success for the future.”