This guy is showing what an asset people with intellectual disability can be in the community

By Tara Cone, 5 August 2016 , Comments

Six months ago Benjamin Fenner started volunteering in the Tamworth community and now he can’t get enough of it.

Ben has intellectual disability and uses Northcott’s Life Skills service, which supports him to achieve his goals. 

Ben told our team that one of his goals was to gain volunteering work in the local community and he started achieving it quickly by volunteering for one day each week at the Tamworth Base Hospital, where he says he really enjoys showing people around.

With the backing of support staff, Ben has researched local businesses that interest him, made a phone call to organise a meeting and lastly let the business owners know just what an asset he can be to their company.

Ben is now also volunteering weekly at Bunning Warehouse, where he’s getting a range of experience in things like gardening through to home and hardware.

Benjamin Fenner is getting experience with gardening at Bunnings Warehouse in Tamworth

In addition to this,  Ben recently started with the Cancer Council and has already been asked to work a full day and help out with Daffodil Day which is fast approaching.

Now Ben is working on building up confidence with his support staff so he can go to his volunteering activities independently.

Benjamin Fenner is volunteering with the Cancer Council

Ben is always smiling, looking to help others and gain as much experience as he can!

If you, or someone you know would like to follow Ben’s lead and unleash more potential with support from Northcott, you can find out more about our Life Skills service here.


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