I am 'Enabled at Tesco' Bank

At Tesco Bank, we want our colleagues to thrive at work, achieving their professional ambitions and realising their full potential. One of the ways we do this is through our various colleague networks – Women at Tesco, Out at Tesco, The Armed Forces Network, The Multicultural Network and Enabled at Tesco.

Enabled at Tesco is one of our newest networks, and aims to educate and advocate on disability and mental health for Tesco Bank customers and colleagues.

Ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we caught up with Joe Logue, Chair of Enabled at Tesco who shares his experiences and ambitions for the Network.

I've been at Tesco Bank for nearly eight years, working as a Customer Service Representative in credit cards and at present within the social media team. Throughout that time, as a consequence of my disability, I have experienced some real highs and lows.

I was born with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative condition that causes muscle wasting. This primarily affects my leg muscles but will affect my other limbs in later life, and as a result I have come to rely on a wheelchair.

As a child, this prevented me playing sports but encouraged me to read and be creative and overall, I had a relatively normal childhood. While I was very aware of my physical limitations, no one ever spoke to me about the impact it would have on my mental health.

While working at Tesco Bank, I suffered an anxiety attack, as I struggled to cope with being a new father limited by his own body, and the acceptance of using a wheelchair. Thankfully, with the support of the business and my manager, I was able to come through this difficult period in my life. I still experience anxiety and depression, but this makes me determined to do something to help others who might be experiencing similar things to myself, either because of their disability, mental health or caring responsibilities.

When I became aware that Tesco Bank were developing a network for colleagues with disabilities, I knew I had to be involved. I put forward the suggestion that this new network would encompass both disability and mental health as the two can be closely linked. I was later appointed to the position of Network Chair.

Enabled at Tesco advocates for people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions, and through sharing experiences and information, I hope we will positively impact on all colleagues across Tesco Bank. While the Network is still in its infancy, it is clear that so many people at all levels across the Bank are already keen to get involved.

I can’t change my condition, but I do believe that I can use my experiences to make a positive difference for others – whether that is by talking to customers and really understanding how a disability might be impacting them, by encouraging colleagues to talk openly about disability and mental health or by raising awareness of the everyday challenges which disability or mental ill health can bring.

As International Day of Persons with Disabilities approaches, I am excited to see what we, within Enabled at Tesco Bank can achieve as we grow and develop.”

To find out more about Enabled at Tesco, please visit https://corporate.tescobank.com/205/about-us/disability/

In recent years, the colour purple has become increasingly associated with disability, symbolising a positive narrative about the contribution of people with disabilities both in the workforce and the wider community. With this in mind, on Monday, to show our support for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we will be encouraging all colleagues at Tesco Bank to wear purple.

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