The key man on the bottling line at Silent Pool Distillery in Albury has just landed the prize-winning spirits producer another award: But this time it is not about the quality of the gin, but the company’s philosophy. Surrey Choices EmployAbility presented the distillery with a Making a Difference Award at Denbies on January 16, in recognition of its support for Robert Pink, who has autism.
Robert, 23, began working at Silent Pool Distillery part time but got on so well that he was able to give up his voluntary part time work in Cranleigh and become a full- time member of the staff. His life has been transformed thanks to the job opportunity and the camaraderie of the distillery workplace.
“He is our key man on the bottling line, packing the bottles into boxes and wrapping the glasses,” said director Ian McCulloch. “We were really pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity to get a job and he has absolutely proved himself. He is one of the team and loves working here.”
Robert said: “It feels like Silent Pool is my family. They are more like friends than colleagues.”
Surrey Choices EmployAbility helps to find work placements, training volunteer opportunities and paid work for people with autism or learning, physical and sensory disabilities. It established the award scheme to recognise the achievements of its clients in their workplace environments, as well as to formally place on record its thanks to the employers who provided work placements and contracts of employment.