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What does it take to be a support worker?

There isn’t really a typical support worker at Avenues. It’s a role where your outlook, life experiences, and interests come to the fore and can count as much as any previous work in social care.

People join us as support workers at different stages in their lives – straight out of college, returning to work, looking for a change or semi-retired.

Many people join us without previous experience.

To be a great support worker you don’t need specific qualifications and you will receive training when you start working with us, but we do look for particular characteristics ...

  • Resourcefulness:  you're good at finding solutions 
  • Tenacity: you're determined and see things through
  • Flexibility: you don't mind when plans change
  • Empathy: you see other people's point of view
  • Compassion: you want to help people who are suffering
  • Patience: you're happy working at someone else's pace
  • Curiosity: you think about different ways of doing things