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SMaRT garage services is an award-winning social enterprise run by First Step Trust.

Oxleas' Chief Executive, Matthew Trainer, recently dropped in to their Woolwich garage, to speak to First Step Trust's CEO, Ronnie Wilson MBE, and also got the chance to service his own car!

Here, in our short film, you can find out how staff at the garage are working with some of our patients to help them back to employment.

First Step Trust is a charity with over 25 years’ experience in providing real work experience, on the job training and salaried employment for people excluded from working life because of their mental health conditions or learning disabilities.

Ronnie Wilson MBE, said: "My ambition is that we can work with Oxleas to develop peoples’ work skills and build their confidence so they can move into employment. For me, it is about ability not disablility. Four or five of the technicians we have here have come up through the shop floor, referred to us by Oxleas or Greenwich Council. We have people who have not worked for 10 or 15 years because they struggle with their mental health or have learning disabilities."

Matthew Trainer said: "It has been fantastic to come along today to see the excellent work being done every day to help those with mental health conditions or learning disabilities have the confidence and skills to get back into paid employment."

Watch our film to find out more about the excellent work being done every day.

You can find out more about the services available on their website:

Published on 14th January 2020