Ed’s story – Landing dream job

Ed Scipio making meat deliveries in his wheelchair

National Star has helped to transform Ed Scipio into a confident young man who has secured a job in his hometown.

When Ed started as a residential student, he wouldn’t speak up for himself and was nervous about trying anything new. He had never even spent a night away from his mum.

Not only did he achieve qualifications in his Work Outcomes programme, but he was elected Student Union President and received a Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award and a DofE Gold Achievement.

Since leaving National Star in July, Ed has landed himself a job delivering meat three days a week for Devizes butcher Walter Rose & Sons. With a customised wagon on the back of his power wheelchair, Ed has become a popular sight around town.

‘We’ve known Ed for a while and when he finished college we decided to get him in to work by helping with deliveries around town,’ said Jack Cook, from Walter Rose & Sons. ‘He’s made a real difference to the business and everyone around town knows him.’

Ed was born premature at 24 weeks. He spent a great deal of his first seven years of life in hospital. He has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.

While at National Star, the occupational therapy team worked with Ed on his chair driving skills. He also accessed aquatic therapy and physiotherapy to develop his strength.

Ed hopes to eventually move into supported living.

‘National Star helped me get a job that I love and gave me independence,’ said Ed.

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