City and Guilds graduates proudly hold up their certificates. Pictured back row from left are Michael Robinson, Teresa Ming, Atiba Simons, Betty Azzario, Leroy Smith and Lori-Lynn Hill. Back row from left, Je’Duntee Minors, Beth-Ann Tucker, Brenda Hollis, Veronica Douglass, Dionne Lambe and Lauralyn Ming. *Image supplied
City and Guilds graduates proudly hold up their certificates. Pictured back row from left are Michael Robinson, Teresa Ming, Atiba Simons, Betty Azzario, Leroy Smith and Lori-Lynn Hill. Back row from left, Je’Duntee Minors, Beth-Ann Tucker, Brenda Hollis, Veronica Douglass, Dionne Lambe and Lauralyn Ming. *Image supplied

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Bermuda will benefit from 16 community support workers who have been awarded with a City and Guilds certificate in Working With People Who Have a Learning Disability.

MWI’s Learning Disability Directorate offers a range of services to individuals from 18 years of age who have moderate to severe learning disabilities including day services and inpatient and respite admissions.

This directorate also has a network of fifteen staffed homes across the island that offer residential group home living.

Some 84 community support workers are employed in the Learning Disability Directorate and they support nursing staff in the day to day care and activities that take place both on and off campus.

Following an on-site review by City & Guilds representatives in 2005, MWI was approved to become a City & Guilds Assessment Centre for working with people who have disabilities. 

“In all our directorates we aim to provide the best service we can and so providing our staff with access to education and development opportunities is key,” said Patrice Dill, Chief Operating Officer at MWI. 

“This is why we maintain our status as a City & Guilds Assessment Centre for working with People who have Learning Disabilities. The benefit is evident in that well over half of our community support workers have now gone through this certification programme.”

Michael Murray, learning disability clinical director, added: “Our learning disability service users are now mostly housed in the community where staff support and care for them in a home setting rather than on site at MWI. This helps improve comfort, dignity and quality of life and was commended as a leading practice in our recent survey by Accreditation Canada.