We had lunch in a pub today and we sat opposite a young man I guess in his 30s and a woman who was his support worker. It made me so sad because he was disabled but spoke very well and she just ignored him. The whole hour we were there she was on her phone chatting to friends (we heard her say she was working) or texting.
He kept talking to her and without taking her eyes off the phone just said “yeah, yeah” to him. He was telling her about a quiz night he was helping with and she showed no interest at all. She is getting paid to support him not ignore him. I never heard her say a complete sentence to him.
I know this goes on a lot because I reported 2 women once before. I knew a couple of the young people they were accompanying around a supermarket and I knew which day centre they were from. They were not talking to them very nicely at all, in fact, they were threatening them that if they didn’t hurry up they would make sure they didn’t get taken out again and they would take their cigarettes off them. When I got to the till and in front of other people they were putting on an act of being nice to them! I rang the Day Centre and told them and they said they would look into it but I don’t know if they did.
There are some people working with the disabled or people with learning difficulties who really just work for the money not because they care and it upsets me.
BBC. Inside the Factory with Gregg Wallace.
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