Employee stories

Ashleigh, Assistant Service Manager

"I went in a room the other day and someone said 'I missed you'. I could have cried.”

My mum had worked in the sector so that sparked an interest for me. I decided I wanted to do a Health and Social Care degree. No-one in my family has a degree and it is just something I wanted to do. I wanted to make them proud.

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Adenike, Support Worker

"There are a lots of great things about it. You meet people with different challenges. I enjoy every day I come to work."

It’s not about the money it’s about doing what you have said you want to do. It’s so lively, you meet people every day, talk to people every day. There’s never a dull moment.

 

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Carla, Support Worker

"Seeing Christina’s progress has been an amazing experience for me."

“Christina has her own personality like anyone else, and it’s just about giving her the opportunity and encouragement to show it. It’s been such privilege to support her.”

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Ewa, Service Manager

I had been working for another social care charity for nine years, both as a support worker and then service manager, and just wanted a change.

I was immediately struck by how skilled and knowledgeable my team was. From Active Support principles right through to data protection, everyone seemed to be really clued up and engaged.

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Barry, Support Worker

"My only regret is that I didn’t join the social care sector earlier.”

I’ve done different jobs over the years. I was an electrician in my younger days; I worked as a driving instructor and I’ve run pubs.

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Josh, Service Manager

"There’s a feeling of being part of a bigger team and the encouragement and support to learn is always there."

“I was working as a scaffolder but had an interest in social care because my brother has an acquired brain injury and is supported."

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Gloria, Senior Support Worker

"I love my job because every day really is different –

There are a few routine things you need to do but the rest is driven by the person you’re supporting and what they want to do.

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Maxine, Assistant Service Manager

“The team is great and you are never on your own.”

When I left school, my first job was working in hairdressers. To be honest, I got nothing out of it. Making the move into social care has opened my eyes to the world in so many ways.

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Tabitha, Service Manager

"You’re expected to give great support at Avenues, and in return you get great support."

"The central team is great and they do everything they can to help you at a local service.

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Abdul, Senior Support Worker

“I go home feeling like I’ve achieved something”

"I came to Avenues three years ago with no previous experience working in social care.

"I've always been interested in mental health as I know people who suffer from mental health issues so I was keen to get involved in the area.

"I'm now completing my NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care and am really enjoying my role at Glebe House where we support 12 people with a range of mental health conditions."

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Vicky, Senior Support Worker

"Since joining Avenues as a graduate I’ve progressed from working as a support worker to a senior support worker."

“I was doing my degree in sociology and got really interested in disability equality and decided it was a career I wanted to pursue."

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Sarah, Practice Development Lead

“You never forget the feeling of the first time you support someone to achieve one of their goals.”

I decided after 6 months of nurse training that it wasn’t for me. I knew I wanted to work in social care because I had worked part time in a care home. I decided to apply for a post as a support worker with Avenues but thought they wouldn’t take me without any specific skills.

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Aarthi, Resourcing Consultant

"What interested me is that they are trying to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity at life. It takes a lot to do that and everyone here is working really hard to achieve it".

My work as a Resourcing Consultant mainly involves looking for cover for shifts. It can be very intense but I really enjoy it. Sometimes I don't know how the time flies!

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Ethan, Support Worker

"I had a young family and was working as a chef but the rigid hours just weren’t working for me."

I wanted something with flexibility and found out about support work with Avenues. That was 25 years ago!

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Kai, Support Worker

"I can’t imagine working in an office all day, or the repetitive work that so many other careers involve. It’s a role that young people should know more about - social care needs them."

I’d certainly encourage anyone searching for a career that makes a difference to seriously think about support work.”

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Oliver, Support Worker

"I love seeing people’s progress each week, and working with them to build their skills and independence, so they can do the things that make them happy.”

The shift working opportunities mean that I can continue my freelance work as an interpreter as well as working here, which suits me really well.

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