I’m 25 and live with my parents. I love having my nails and hair done and discovering new restaurants with friends. I’m also obsessed with real-life documentary series on Netflix!
I got my A-levels and went to University, however, I quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I tried an office-based role and hated it, I also spent some time being a dental nurse, but again I wasn’t happy. My Auntie is autistic and is supported by Dimensions, so I knew a bit about them, one day I saw an ad for a Dimensions support worker role in Maidenhead, so I applied and got the job!
No, I’d been around Dimensions support workers before, but it was a completely new area for me.
My first position was in supported living, the people I supported were very independent. We’d go out lots and do all sorts of activities. I arrived at work to be greeted by smiles and found that I was smiling throughout my shift. We got through the lockdowns in 2020, activities were obviously limited but still, I was enjoying every shift and I started to feel I should challenge myself.
In December 2020 I applied for a Lead Support Worker role in Stanwell, which I got. This was a real change as not only did I have more responsibility, but my main place of work was a registered care home. The residents were all older and need much more support, including personal care, medications, and cooking.
Then last month my Locality Manager (LM) suggested I go for the Assistant Locality Manager (ALM) role and I got that! So we’re responsible for 9 people in 2 properties.
Yes, Dimensions has been fabulous with their training. I’m currently finishing my level 3 qualification and as soon as I got the ALM role I was registered for the “Lead to Succeed” course, which starts soon.
I couldn’t have asked for a better line manager, Sam has made a lot of time for me and helped me to grow into my role and responsibilities.
And, when I met Marina, the performance coach, she was so amazing, and I thought, “I want to be Marina!” I know Sam and Dimensions will support my career.
I feel so lucky to be here, I love this job, every day I come in to smiles and I find myself smiling all day.
There have been challenges, moving from a supported living environment was a huge leap of faith, but knowing I’m able to make a difference in people’s lives. Each day we’re supporting people to have more control over their lives, I love that.
This job is incredibly rewarding, however, it is also challenging, but if you enjoy being challenged and want to make a positive change in people’s lives, do not hesitate to apply.
I am so grateful that I had the courage to do this, and I love going to work every single day!