Carly, Shared Lives Area Manager, has just completed four years of study and gained a first class honours degree in Social Work. A social work degree is difficult to achieve even if studying full-time, but Carly was also managing a very busy and diverse workload in her Choice Support role. While on the course, Carly received an assessment which confirmed she had dyslexia. This finally explained to her some of the difficulties she had always experienced with writing. However, Carly was given a lot of support and learnt new skills to compensate for her learning difficulty. Carly’s success in her studies is a great personal achievement and should also encourage others to pursue personal goals.
"Most things are achievable as long as you receive the right support." Carly
This is Nadia (far right) and her staff team with some of the people they support. Nadia's team were Highly Commended in both the Outstanding Service and Team of the Year awards in our Staff Thanks and Recognition Scheme STARS Awards in 2015.
Nadia is a service manager who has worked at Choice Support for 17 years. She started off as a support worker and was then promoted to deputy manager. One of her previous roles was helping people with learning disabilities find employment and she also recruited people to volunteer at the services. After having a child she became a manager.
“The job is so rewarding as you can see the result of what you are doing right in front of you. It’s great to be able to help people build new skills and make progress, each in different ways. Some people come to Choice Support with trauma or unstable mental health and you have a chance to better those people’s lives.” Nadia
Salma is 20 years old and one of the youngest support workers at Choice Support. She has been with us for two years. She currently works in Surrey Quays, at the home of people who have profound learning disabilities and need 24/7 support. Salma studied health and social care at school and then went on to do an apprenticeship working with people with mental health problems and now works for Choice Support.
“I really enjoy being a support worker at Choice Support, I have always liked doing this type of work and find it very rewarding.” Salma
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