A young role model from Bexhill has been presented with a special mayor’s award.
Elly Frost was invited to Bexhill Town Hall on Friday, November 9 to receive the award from Bexhill mayor, Councillor Abul Azad, for her achievement in gaining paid employment.
Elly attended Glyne Gap School and then the Glyne Gap Faculty at Bexhill College.
During her time at the college, she volunteered regularly at Hazelmere Nursing Home, helping with activities for the residents.
At the end of the last academic year, Elly was unsure as to what to do next.
Hazelmere Nursing Home owner Dr Alan Jamaily and home manager Simona Mehes decided to offer Elly a paid job because of her hard work and enthusiasm for working with the residents.
Elly now works as an activities co-ordinator for the nursing home and has a job coach – Julie, from Little Gate Supported Employment – who will support Elly until she works independently.
Mayor Abul Azad had heard about Elly’s paid role and wished to recognise her achievement. He presented Elly with an award in the council chambers in front of mum Caroline, colleagues, friends, family, staff of Glyne Gap Faculty, Remy from Hastings and Rother Charity and the Little Gate Supported Employment Team.
Cllr Azad said: “It was a privilege to welcome Elly, her family and friends to the Town Hall, to recognise her achievements. Elly is such a role model for everyone at Glyne Gap Faculty and shows what a positive attitude and determination to succeed can do. Elly has proven that the only barriers to achieving in life are the ones you let get in your way.”
Dr Alan Jamaily added: “I would urge other employers to employ people using the Supported Employment route where a job coach attends with an employee to support them at the beginning of their role. It has worked really well for our business and the residents love Elly.”
Employers interested in Supported Employment can contact Andrea on 01424 423505 for more details.