Many of you probably already know a little about Caprice Dipple, SENDCode’s newest employee. They have been working with us since 2021, first as a part-time Pre-Intern at SENDCode, then as a Supported Intern at DISC and now again with SENDCode as an employee, on behalf of the Manchester City Council Local Offer team, and all within the same building and team! Caprice is a perfect example of everything we represent at SENDCode and DISC, coming to us as someone who was out of education, but with really high levels of digital skills. Added to that is an infectious ‘can do’ attitude which others feed off.
When Caprice first came to us as a pre-intern, they had already been commissioned for some of their digital creative work and had a great portfolio with its own unique style, using disability as a key theme. It was clear from a relatively early time in the pre-internship that Caprice was destined for great things and a job in digital creative, which quickly led them to apply for a place on the Supported Internship with DISC, which they began in September 2023.
The work experience which Caprice gained with some of our closest partners at Manchester City Council, National Autistic Society and GMCA provided them with a much broader set of experiences than they would have gained elsewhere and included a full rebrand for the Manchester Local Offer, Storyboarding and animation for a crime reduction video centred on experiences of autistic young people, to sharing the stage with GMCA Mayor Andy Burnham (albeit via a video produced by other DISC Interns!!!) at the GM Digital Blueprint launch.
The success of Caprice and their growing profile in Manchester’s SEND scene led them to be a finalist in the Youth Buzz Awards for 2023.
Towards the end of Caprice’s internship at DISC they were also part of an interview which was broadcast on BBC North West — expanding Caprice’s profile beyond Greater Manchester! Which was ultimately one of the reasons Manchester City Council decided enough was enough and they commissioned SENDCode to employ and manage Caprice’s workflow, as a content creator on their behalf, before they were snapped up to work at another agency. Caprice’s engaging personality and amazing creativity, combined with them being a Manchester resident with experience of both mainstream and specialist educational settings, and being someone who actively strives for equality of opportunity for others with disabilities, meant that they were the perfect role model to encourage others to get out there and experience what life has to offer!
The brief for Caprice from MCC’s Local Offer team, was for Caprice to drive young people towards the local offer website and support or activities available, which they have set about doing at speed, visiting schools and presenting to professionals from MCC and schools and colleges, both at mainstream and special education, with ‘Dipple does…..’
Give Caprice a follow to see what they are up to now.