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Oliver's Story

06 October 2014

A play about a 15-year old boy who uses a wheelchair inspired young people from Berkshire schools to learn about health and social care at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley.

Performed by Spotlight on Diversity, Oliver’s Story is a fictional tale, tracking an ambitiousand active boy’s adjustment to life using a wheelchair following an accident.

Now into its fourth year, care professionals from three local authorities: Wokingham; Reading; and Windsor & Maidenhead, were on hand to discuss his and his family’s situation with the students and toexplore the many routes into thecaring profession.

Mollie Hill, 15, from Reading, was one of the students from Emmbrook School who attended the day: “The day has been really interesting. It’s definitely a rewarding career because it gives you a chance to give something back to those less fortunate. It’s really opened my eyes and made me think about a career in health and social care.”

Rachel Reid, from Skills for Care said: “Today is about encouraging young people into a career in social care. We want to make them aware that it can be a career choice and not just a job.”

After talking with the professionals, the students worked with a Care Ambassador and Student Ambassador to give group presentations to show what they’d learnt from the day.

Suzanne Collins, a Care Ambassador from Bracknell & Wokingham College said: “The aim is to get students to look at the different jobs to support someone that’s been involved in an accident. Today is about raising awareness and changing young people’s perceptions of health and social care because these students are the future.”

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