Darren, a service user from Hollyrood in Lindfield, has helped to recruit a new honorary assistant psychologist to provide clinical and administrative support to the psychology team, on a voluntary basis.

In July, Darren joined Hollyrood’s two assistant psychologists Zoe and Sophie in interviewing candidates for the role. Darren prepared his own questions for candidates such as ‘why do you want to work at Hollyrood?’, and confidently joined in the interview with the support of house staff. After the interviews, Zoe, Sophie, and Darren discussed the candidates, and all were in agreement over who to appoint. Dr Sally Morgan, Clinical Psychologist said:

It is important to us to have service users involved in all aspects of their lives here. We were really impressed with Darren’s commitment to helping us to recruit and his views were invaluable in helping us to select the best possible candidate.

Hollyrood is a residential and day centre providing services for people with autism, and is run through The Disabilities Trust's Autism services. Hollyrood provides support and accommodation for 25 adults, aged over 18, who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, or have autistic tendencies. We also support individuals with behaviours that might challenge alternative services and those with epilepsy.

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