People sometimes ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them I work as a support worker. The thing is, it’s not what I do – it’s what I am.
It’s been a long journey through various jobs to get to a profession I enjoy being part of. But now I’m here, I’m loving every minute of it.
I spent the last thirteen years in various cleaning management positions. In one of those managerial roles, I was able to employ six people with learning disabilities. The change I saw in them was lovely to see. They gained confidence, self-esteem, and independence. I never forgot that and hoped I would be in a position to do it again.
Last year, my Dad passed away. Before he died, I saw the fantastic care staff attending to him. I helped where I could and at the time, I thought: “Yeah, I could do something like that”.
So when Dad died, I decided that life was too short to do things you didn’t enjoy any more. I applied to work as a support worker.
I was offered a position and started part-time. It took me about two weeks to come to the decision this is what I definitely wanted to do, so I became full time.
There is a lot of training involved to enable us to do our jobs safely, but the support we get from Dimensions is amazing.
Life as a support worker is a varied one, and no two days are the same. A crucial part of my job is supporting people with personal care, but that’s a small part of the job.
One day, you could be supporting someone to attend an important appointment. The next, supporting them to go to the cinema, a restaurant, or a club. You could be supporting them to do something like make a cup of tea, or sitting with them to plan a holiday. One day, you’ll be supporting them to cook a meal. The next, supporting them to go shopping or visit friends and family.
Life as a support worker means it is my responsibility to make sure the people we support are empowered to make decisions and to live happy, varied lives.
Everyone has the right to a life of opportunities, the right to be valued, and the right to control what goes on in their lives.
It’s a joy to be in a job where you help people achieve all the things that others take for granted. It’s incredibly rewarding.