- by Imogen 

 

A typical day as a Support Worker...

A typical day as a support worker for me can include anything from walking on the undercliff pass, planting vegetables at the allotment, playing a game of monopoly, supporting someone to pay their bills, simply having a tea and a chat on George Street, or participating in activities at the day centre… It involves frequent ideas on new modes of communication, new ideas to integrate someone into the community, doing travel training on buses, and witnessing some pretty remarkable breakthroughs.

 

Why are you working in Adult Social Care?

I work in adult social care because my day never looks the same. I get to work 1 on 1 with people who may struggle with day to day challenges. Growing up with a sister with autism I feel especially driven to provide help and joy to the people I support. I am of the view that everyone I support is someone’s sister, brother, son, daughter, etc. and I like to know that people out there do the same for my sister. To me it is a giant circle of caring for one another. I get the pleasure of witnessing little breakthroughs, whether it be through communication, gaining a new skill, or watching someone socialise and immerse themselves into the community for the first time. Dedicating a lot of time to help someone grow and seeing their skills, but mostly happiness and well-being improve, is truly an incredible gift.

 

Which skills are important for this role?

I think creativity, compassion, patience, and dependability are the fundamentals of being a support worker. Sometimes it takes a while to get to know someone and their likes and dislikes, come up with new activities to help them excel and improve their livelihood and hobbies. Dependability is essential to build up trust. Often people just want to know they are understood and not alone in order to grow of their own accord. I often do little in the means of supporting someone but am merely there for them as they establish their own esteem, independence, communication, and life.

 

I like to work with Grace Eyre because…

I get to work on the ground day to day and be there for every little moment. The Choices community outreach team has been an integral new addition to the service, with a group of people completely devoted to the happiness of individuals. I feel there is enough time and patience to help people grow. I feel completely supported and encouraged by my managers. I actually get excited about the day ahead! I don’t think there is any other job like it where I spend most of my day laughing…