Day service workscheme

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A Doncaster-based day service for people with learning disabilities has started a new ‘workscheme’, which helps adults with learning difficulties gain skills for employment.

The workscheme is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH) and is based at St Catherine’s in Balby.

The products made during workscheme sessions – which include a range of hand-made wooden goods including toy boxes, garden furniture, bird tables and hedgehog hibernation boxes – will be on sale to staff.

Senior charge nurse Morag McKay-Ellison said: “Service users benefit from a rise in their self-esteem and confidence when they get thanks and praise from people who buy their products, as well as getting a monetary reward for their hard work.”

The workscheme is also offering trust staff a furniture restoration service and is able to strip and refurbish old furniture including garden benches, gates, pine and oak tables and chairs.