What Katy Did Next; Here We Share Her Story

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WHEN it comes to keeping busy there is no stopping Katy Demoily.

The Special Olympian gymnast is an avid student, an actress and singer, a volunteer, a gym member and a big computer game fan. All add up to a hectic schedule but that hasn't stopped the 27-year-old adding another string to her bow.

Katy, of Acklam, has joined the ranks of the paid workforce at Middlesbrough Council. She is working in the postal room at the Civic Centre one day a week, and has already completed six months as an administration assistant.

"It's fun. I have made new friends and I go to lunch with them and I get paid," she says. She describes her colleagues as "kind and friendly", though admits to a few initial nerves.

"I was nervous on my first day but everything went okay," says Katy, who has Down's Syndrome.

Today she enjoys the thing that every working person enjoys most - the wage! Her hard earned cash means she can treat herself to shopping trips in Middlesbrough and the Metro Centre, with Monsoon and Zara among her favourites. Her new job is testament to the hard work she put in to her studies and is a success story for Middlesbrough Council's Forwards team, an employment support service for people with disabilities.

Gabriela Rea, manager of the Forwards team, says: "The work of the Forwards team can really make a difference to a person and their prospective employer.

"Our support is not limited to a certain period of time but ongoing.

"We also support individuals if they wish to make changes to their current employment. Katy for example changed from working as an administrative assistant to working in the postal room and she may wish to change again in the future."

A former pupil of St Francis Primary School and St David's School Katy went on to Middlesbrough College where she has achieved qualifications including business and Information Computer Technology, literacy, numeracy and food studies. …