We have recently started working with a young man (Greg) who has Asperger`s Syndrome; he was referred to FURD by Sheffield Cubed, whom we are working with to deliver the Talent Match employability programme for young people aged 18 to 24 years old.
Greg came with his mum on his first visit to meet with our youth worker, he was shown around the centre, and he was specifically interested in the music recording studio.
His mum said that Greg felt really comfortable coming along to FURD and meeting the staff. She said,
"At FURD Greg is treated like another young person; the fact that he has Aspergers is not the determining factor. Greg enjoys coming to the centre and using the music recording facilities".
Greg is now a regular visitor, he seems much more approachable and confident. He has regular contact with the support staff and feels he is always welcomed at FURD. He has an allocated day where he comes and uses the music studio and also has a general catch up. Over time he has opened up with certain members of staff regarding what he wants to do in terms of a job.
He also admitted that out of all the organisations that have supported him, FURD is the organisation where he feels he is treated as a normal young person and genuinely feels equal and comfortable amongst other young people who use the centre.
For more information about getting involved with our Talent Match programme, please contact our Talent Match coaches Sooj or Saudat at FURD on 0114 2589601.