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Employee stories

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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Ashleigh, Support Worker

“I wanted to do a job where I could work with people on a one-to-one basis.”

I am a support worker at Squirrel Lodge, and, quite simply, I love it. Squirrel Lodge is a supported living service for young men with autism. You get to spend quality one to one time with the people we support and it’s amazing how you can see the progression people make as a result of our work.

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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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Innocent, Area Manager

"At Avenues you are empowered to make things happen."

I joined Avenues two years ago as a service manager, having previously worked with older people. Working with younger people and people with learning disabilities was a new adventure to me, a chance to learn. Supporting people to live more fulfilling lives was a great opportunity.

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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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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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