Tushar Sinha, known as Tush, has been an Ingeus key worker for the Work and Health Programme in the North West for just short of a year. Ordinarily based in the Liverpool office, Tush helps long term unemployed people, including some with disabilities and health conditions, into work – and he speaks freely of his past personal struggles as a shining example of how to achieve your goals while managing a disability.

“I have autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, and Type 2 diabetes,” Tush explains. “When you’re living with disabilities you can perceive them as barriers or adapt and develop mechanisms to still get what you want. That’s what I’ve done, and I freely share my story with participants to encourage them to do the same.
“I’ve had periods of unemployment in the past, times when I really didn’t think I had much of a future, and with my then-undiagnosed disabilities, academic qualifications were slow to come my way. For me now, it is the most rewarding feeling in the world when you help someone get back into work who genuinely believed they never could.”

Support Environment

Tush enjoys the camaraderie of the office environment and appreciates that the support he receives at work enables him to excel.

“While my own experience certainly helps me connect with many of our participants, it also means I need time and specific processes to help me perform well. Everyone is so accepting, my Ingeus line manager especially. I need quiet time at the start of a day to plan my workload and have been given time and space to understand the systems we work with to develop prompt sheets and admin processes that are understandable to me. I struggle if I’m interrupted, I lose my train of thought. My colleagues respect that and can also tell when I need some time out and a quick chat over a cuppa. That said, you certainly can’t control everything that happens during the working day and my job takes me out of my comfort zone and stretches me, in a good way, every day.

“Having the support of the people around me means a lot, but I’m also not micro-managed – I’m trusted to do things my way. Ingeus helps me to help others, it’s a win-win.”