I would love to be a support work for the rest of my life as it's the best job in the world. What other job involves going for coffee?!
My social care journey started at the age of twenty and with next-to-no experience or knowledge in the field, I was surprised to successfully land part-time work as a support worker. After five years working with various cases of challenging behaviours, my dream job of working in Media Communications soon became a fleeting memory.
With a new passion for working with people, I moved onto a role doing personal care in Weston-Super-Mare among individuals with profound learning difficulties, complex needs and dementia. I wanted a position that allowed me to meaningfully engage with people and support them through lots of different stages of their lives. One that would keep daily life interesting and exciting; the idea of being a nurse in the NHS was considered yet I quickly dismissed it as it didn’t fulfill this criteria.
Instead, I collaborated with a friend who had started a care and support organisation. From there, new motivation arose to return to education and follow up on a learning disability qualification at the University of West England. During my studies, I gained a placement with Milestones Trust at the Kilvie and Elysian houses. After my time here, the Trust was firmly on my employment wishlist.
Following my time as a student, I earned a job with Milestones Trust at Elysian. This started my new journey up the career ladder. I moved through a number of roles, from Team Leader to Manager and eventually Clinical Lead in 2013.
I really enjoy working alongside the other staff: it gives me the chance to help others grow in their roles as their manager. Our team meetings are more than just the standard gathering, they grant us time to focus on our achievements, distribute positive feedback and gratitude to the team and promote compassion in the environment. Everyone is constantly learning in their role.
It’s not your typical nurse role. It allows me to go home feeling like I’d made someone’s day, so what more could I want? I would love to be a support work for the rest of my life as it’s the best job in the world. What other job involves going for coffee?!