The return of Luke O’Neill!

It’s that time again, where we’d like to share a journey of one of our staff members, telling their story about working at ELITE.

Our journey today is with Luke O’Neill, who originally joined ELITE back in 2015, being one of the first volunteers to walk through our doors. Luke was a shy individual, and came to us low on confidence.

Quickly progressing into an important team member, Luke was given a 16-hour a week contract after just 6 weeks as a volunteer. In just a short space of time, we could see a massive improvement in Luke’s social skills and he even helped new volunteers settle into the working environment.

After gaining valuable work and social skills, Luke felt confident enough to apply for new employment opportunities, and successfully landed jobs at Game, Merthyr Tydfil & The Entertainer, Cardiff where he could gather new skills through a retail working environment.

Fast forward to December 2018, Luke was invited to our Christmas meal in Pentrebach where he could socialise and catch-up with friends he had met whilst working at ELITE. Whilst at the meal, Luke expressed his gratitude towards the opportunities and skills he had gained through ELITE and asked if he could give something back by volunteering – to which we were more than happy to agree!

Luke is now a volunteer mentor with us, and offers support to his work colleagues every Tuesday & Friday. After a quick discussion with Luke, he had the following to say;

“It’s such an amazing place to work, the team are always very supportive. I believe that I can help people joining ELITE, by building up their confidence and showing them that they are capable of doing the jobs”.

From being low on confidence and requiring support, to becoming a mentor and supporting others, hopefully Luke’s story will inspire others.

Would you like to join our team? Why not give our team a call on 01443 692061 to see if there are any available opportunities for you!

DID YOU KNOW? We’re currently providing work opportunities for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Neuro Development Disorder within Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Do you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity? If so, we’d love to hear from you!


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