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Lesley Learmonth

Lesley Learmonth
Lesley Learmonth was among 19 ENABLE Scotland members of staff who recently received awards in honour of their decades of service to the charity.

Lesley (44) has worked with ENABLE for more than 25 years, and is one of its longest serving, most loyal employees.

Her career with ENABLE was launched when she received a recommendation from her Youth Training Service programme.

Former Coatbridge College student Lesley had already honed her administrative skills while working as an office junior with her parents’ business, and was therefore ideally suited to the ENABLE job.

Having achieved Pittman’s 1 and 2 in typing/word processing, Lesley has throughout the past 25 years worked in a number of ENABLE offices and is now based at its HQ at Inspire House, Lanarkshire.

With a naturally quiet demeanour, Lesley comes into her own during lunch breaks, when she relishes the noisy chatter and laughter with colleagues in the staff kitchen.

When in her 20s, Lesley left the parental home and moved into KEY Housing accommodation, but it didn’t work out.

Then in her mid-30s, Lesley once again flew the nest, and is now happily living in a sheltered housing complex on the outskirts of Glasgow.

As she admits, her first night of independent living got off to an unusual start. 

Lesley and her family had agreed to take part in the BBC documentary, ‘Children with a Difference,’ which focused people who have Down’s syndrome moving into their own home.

So, on her first night under her own roof, Lesley settled in – along with a camera crew and half a dozen night lights!

Having appeared on television, Lesley also likes to watch it and is a big fan of TV’s post popular soaps.  Her mum, Anne, says she could get a university degree in Eastenders and Coronation Street.

Lesley, who is supported by ENABLE Scotland at home, relishes her own space and enjoys the feeling of independence.

Support workers call three times a week to help her prepare dinner and clean, and they accompany her on her Sunday trips to the gym, to 10-pin bowling or to the cinema.

Through the government’s ‘Access to Work’ scheme, she takes a cab to and from work, and enjoys banters with the taxi drivers.

Lesley gains much satisfaction from her daily tasks, and welcomes the support and companionship of her co-workers. She is a regular participant in ENABLE events and campaigns, and addresses in-house training sessions.

In a recent article in a national newspaper, ENABLE Scotland’s CEO, Peter Scott, described Lesley as a happy, conscientious worker, who makes a significant contribution to the organisation. 

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