I have been a Community Support Worker with 1st Homecare since July 2012. Commencing my Social Work degree at Robert Gordon University in 2011, I secured my employment, initially, to gain insight and understanding into the difficulties older people may face. I have been here, and loved it, ever since.
Working with older people has always been a passion of mine, and this is the sector I aim to work in as part of my social work career.
Gaining this invaluable community experience and building up and maintaining trustful relationships with older people and their families has boosted my confidence and self esteem, and encouraged me further to work in this sector.
My role in 1st Homecare has led me to a greater understanding of people, particularly the ways in which loss and change impact upon them, not in the sense of bereavement but loss and change in regards to abilities, roles and familial relationships. This has led me to take into consideration the importance of families as whole systems rather than focussing on individuals and individual problems within them.
The training opportunities available in 1st Homecare are a fantastic way to build on knowledge with regards to older people. Training includes Adult Support and Protection, Dementia training and also Scottish Legislation relating to older people. I found these courses to be of great benefit, and I enjoyed completing each course.
1st Homecare is a great company, which has sculpted me into the person I am today. My role as community support worker has been a huge influence on my choice of future career. The management team are motivated, understanding, helpful and friendly, and fellow colleagues are enthusiastic and diligent.