Celebrating Diversity & World Downs Syndrome Day | St Eval Candle Company

Celebrating Diversity & World Downs Syndrome Day

As part of a pioneering project called ‘Work Fit’, funded entirely by the Downs Syndrome Association, Catherine arrived at the St Eval Candle factory on the farm, excited, nervous and keen to meet the team.

For people with Downs Syndrome, like Catherine their skills and capabilities can often be unfairly overlooked and yet there are many suitable roles across the UK that can provide valuable work opportunities and social inclusion.

St Eval Candle Company were approached by Cornwall Council to get involved in the pilot project and were the first company to kick start ‘Work Fit’ by offering Catherine six week’s work experience, at an equally paid rate to her colleagues and not as a charitable scheme.

Catherine joined the team in the factory, hand-pouring tealights, wrapping candles, adding labels and much more. She was a real asset, and everyone loved working with her, so much so, that Managing Director, Ian Greaves offered her a permanent position.

Four years later, and Catherine is still very much a valued member of the St Eval factory family, working together to keep traditional craft methods alive.

MD, Ian says, “We increased Catherine’s hours a couple of years ago because she is a vital part of our team and we value her for her work contribution as well as for herself.”

Can you offer work experience too? Or, if you’re interested in finding out more about Downs Syndrome, please visit:

We’re going sock crazy for Catherine!
On 21st March, 2018 we rallied together to celebrate World Downs Syndrome Day and raise awareness with their #lotsofsocks campaign. Check out our funky colours!