Peter (pseudonym), from Fife, approached the Bank Workers Charity (BWC) for support after having problems at work.
He had already sought some advice and received support with a formal grievance process from his union, but wasn't sure how to communicate his difficulties effectively.
After a referral from BWC, his Leonard Cheshire Disability advisor offered a listening ear and supported him to summarise and rehearse his points.
They also discussed resources he could give his employer. During this process Peter also looked into pursuing a formal diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.
His advisor provided information about the referral and diagnostic process, as well as encouraging him to discuss his plans with his supportive family.
With newly built confidence, Peter successfully applied for a higher level role in another company.
Leonard Cheshire Disability’s guidance also assisted him to see that many aspects of Asperger syndrome can be a strength, allowing him to start his new role with new confidence.
‘My advisor was absolutely brilliant. This has been a difficult time for me, handling the stress of a formal grievance process at work and also disclosure issues around Asperger syndrome.
‘She was really supportive, not just a great listener but also giving me nudges when I needed them. I couldn’t be more pleased with the support I’ve received over the last few weeks.
‘She is very knowledgeable about Asperger syndrome and about employment issues, and she’s been able to signpost me to further support.
‘It was a big step for me to get in touch with BWC but I’m really glad that I did. The support from both BWC and Leonard Cheshire Disability has really helped me to keep things in perspective.’
If you are interested in receiving support from Leonard Cheshire Disability and are part of the banking community, please apply by contacting the BWC helpline on 0800 023 4834.
You can also visit the BWC website for more information on eligibility criteria.