Recite Me

A Hull man who was diagnosed with autism at just two years old has spoken out about his journey to find work.

Elliot Parkinson, now 22, was struggling to find a job which suited his need for routine.

He made several visits to the Jobcentre and took on a number of work experience opportunities but felt like he was on the road to nowhere.

However, after being referred to the Humber branch of Mencap through their Abilities in Facilities service, he was invited to take part in an eight-week work trial with Sewell Facilities Management, carrying out a cleaning role as well as playing a great role in the team.

The Abilities in Facilities programme creates paid employment and training opportunities for individuals with a learning disability.

A year on and Elliot is still working part-time for Sewell at Endike Academy and said getting his job is a major achievement.