Lee’s Story – Shaw Trust

“I think that means he understands!” Not knowing sign language I believe thumbs up and an ok sign with thumb and index finger means he gets it.

Lee Groves started with us back in Nov 2015 on a work experience programe arranged by Peter Hooker at Shaw Trust. Peter is a disability champion and works very hard to ensure people with disability are offered equal opportunities in the workplace and he makes a special effort to help employers adjust accordingly.

lees-story-headerShaw Trust Support

  1. Dedicated in person employer briefings.
  2. One to one employee guidance and support.
  3. Specialist help such as Access to work, interpreter services and training.
  4. Employee selection and matching process with personalised AIG.


The picture above shows Lee in action as we reclaimed a 100 year old pulpit from Buckland United Reform Church in Portsmouth. Just one of the many weird and wonderful jobs we get involved with!

Lee, deaf from birth understands sign language and he can read which makes communication easier. Lee started with us on a 2 week work trial which helped identify if he was right for us and whether the job was right for him. We then started him on a 3 month FTC which went well and we’ve extended it indefinitely which makes him a valued part of our team.

One of Lees strengths is that he’s incredibly intuitive and can read a situation well, for example when lifting furniture which requires 2 people, one either end, he will read the scenario and know where the table needs to go and how it will need to be angled to fit through a door. This normally comes with years of experience but Lee’s disability has meant that Lee has developed an acute sense of his surroundings which makes him a good removal operative.

Lee had this to say when asked why he likes working with TRACOuk “because I can make tea when I want and the work is fun”.

Lee hadn’t worked for several years before joining us and he’s now able to support his family and feel proud of the work he does.


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