William scores match day role thanks to work experience at Doncaster Rovers

WILLIAM Baxter, a student at Doncaster Deaf Trust’s Communication Specialist College Doncaster, is building on his work experience at the town’s football club by volunteering on match days.

Will, aged 22, does his work experience placement with the grounds keeping team at the Keepmoat Stadium making sure that the pitch is match ready for Club Doncaster’s Rovers and Dons games.

Working alongside head groundsman, Jim Davidson, Will works every Monday and asked if he could volunteer on match days to assist in setting the goals up and divetting the pitch at half time.

Will said: “I really enjoy working with Jim and making sure that Club Doncaster have a pitch they can be proud of.

“I’ve always been interested in ground keeping and I’m learning lots from Jim every week. I’m a huge sports fan and I thought it would be great if I could volunteer to help out on match days.”

William has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, is hearing impaired, uses sign language to communicate, and has moderate learning difficulties. Despite this he is a keen sportsman and has won awards for his role in county cricket and athletics.

Jim said: “Will is doing a great job and he is a pleasure to work with. We have a close working relationship with Doncaster Deaf Trust and are very pleased to be able to offer students work experience.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Will to the Keepmoat Stadium to help out on match days, I’m sure that he will work hard and get a great deal out of the experience.”

Doncaster Deaf Trust has a nursery, school, college and care home and provides specialist education for children, pupils and students who are deaf or have communication difficulties including autism.

Suzie Beaumont, work experience coordinator at CSCD said: “We are pleased to hear how well Will is doing at the Keepmoat Stadium. Work experience is a huge part of our students learning journey whilst at college and we are really happy that Club Doncaster could offer him this opportunity.

“Taking the initiative to do more and volunteer on match days is so very Will! He will certainly go far.”




Darren is carving out a career in the hotel industry

DEAF student Darren Hilton is making a name for himself in the hotel industry thanks to the work experience programme at Communication Specialist College Doncaster.

Darren, aged 20 from St Helens, started working on a project with the college’s Enterprise Team to make cheese boards and canapes platters which they sold to Mount Pleasant for use at the hotel.

He then expressed an interest in learning more about the hotel industry and with the help of the work experience team was set up with a placement.

Suzie Beaumont who runs our work experience programme at Communication Specialist College Doncaster said: “We work hard with our students to find them suitable work placements. It can sometimes be difficult to arrange as organisations do not always have the support in place that they might need to welcome a student who is deaf or has communication difficulties.

“Darren, who is profoundly deaf, started at Communication Specialist College Doncaster in 2014 with limited sign language skills.

“Darren was unsure about the area of work he was interested in, therefore he had a very varied timetable including: Joinery, IT, Motor Vehicle along with some Personal and Social development classes and English and Maths.

“As his confidence grew Darren was able to complete a number of work placements. His most recent placement saw Darren undertake two full days of work experience. He gained a placement at a Doncaster 4-star hotel, the Mount Pleasant hotel, working in the maintenance team.

“He works as part of team on a variety of tasks such as: plumbing repairs, gardening/ grass cutting, fence repairs. He has been offered occasional paid work at weekends, which he relishes. His confidence and communication skills have grown significantly. Darren has thrived in this work environment.

“It has been great to work with Mount Pleasant, who have also adopted us at their chosen charity for the year, to help Darren to gain experience of working in a hotel. We are thrilled to announce that Darren has now been offered a job at the hotel following his work experience and he is over the moon!”

Communication Specialist College Doncaster provides specialist education for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have communication difficulties.

Darren said: “I’m really enjoying working at Mount Pleasant Hotel, all of the staff are really friendly and it is a great place to work. I am really pleased to have been offered a job as I love working there.”

Debbie Cantwell, from Mount Pleasant said, “Darren is a really hard working young man and we are pleased to have him on board. The team from the college have been very supportive and have helped us along the way. We would definitely recommend that organisations work with them to offer work placements.”