Chris at Asda, in his own words

Chris at AsdaMy name is Chris McCallin and I work full-time in ASDA in Ballyclare as a Customer Services Colleague.  I am responsible for rotating and replenishing goods within the fruit and vegetable department and making sure it is attractively displayed for our customers.   I really like my job and the support I receive from the Cedar Foundation through the Workable (NI) Programme.


My Employment Development Officer, Geraldine Connolly, visits me every fortnight to ensure any changes to my routine are managed and that I can maintain a high work rate.   I currently need additional support from Cedar to assist with changes that are occurring with my work tasks and duties.  New shift patterns have recently been established within my job and I have been supported in getting to grips with the changes and the new routine.  Geraldine and the Workable programme have helped greatly with these changes to the technical aspects of my job.  I get on well with my colleagues and my manager, Charlotte Graham, who stated “Cedar and Workable have been very beneficial to me and to ASDA”


I was involved in a car accident in 2003, after which I was referred to Cedar’s Brain Injury Service in Belfast.  The Cedar team really helped me to in getting involved in training and returning to work.  They organised a number of work placements for me including a voluntary placement with ASDA.  This involved reducing stock at use by date and marking stock for supplier refunds.  Following this the Brain Injury staff helped me to apply for, and secure, paid employment with ASDA.


When I started my paid job, Cedar’s Workable team helped with the increase in my hours, as well as changes to the working pattern of the day to remove early starts and helped me into a routine of afternoon shifts.  Workable has also helped when duties have changed in the store and in resolving any issues.   This has helped to ensure that my employers are happy with the quality, speed and accuracy of my work.