Had I been offered this placement four years ago, I would have turned it down. I had no confidence in myself – I wouldn’t even have walked down to the shop on my own. SeeAbility’s support changed everything – not just practically, but emotionally as well.

Just like any young adult, Grace wants to build a successful career and contribute to society.

Grace also has a learning disability and sight loss and so SeeAbility has been supporting her to learn new skills and build her independence, so that she can feel confident about following her ambition to find a paid job.

When Grace helped deliver a team day for the Bank of England, her talent was spotted straight away and she was offered a work experience placement at the Bank. With support from SeeAbility, Grace embraced the opportunity; travelling into London every day and fully experiencing office life.

Grace McGill smiling with support worker

We’ve previously supported colleagues at the Bank to learn more about learning disabilities and sight loss and when they offered Grace a week’s work experience placement at their offices in London, we helped the team understand how best to support Grace during her time there.

It was a life-changing week for Grace and when it had come to an end, Grace had grown in confidence and was able to give a presentation to her host team. She shared powerful insights into how they might become more accessible and encourage more applicants with disabilities to work at the Bank.

For Grace, this is just the beginning of her journey. She knows now that she is capable of extraordinary things and this work experience has led on to bigger and better opportunities - Grace has now secured a permanent paid role as a SeeAbility EyeCare Champion, inspiring and supporting others to become eye care aware and to seek support for their vision.