Rossendale Trust, Rossendale Hall, Hollin Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0HRHelp us by Donating
I support our tenants to experience work in a sector that interests them. The step into conventional employment would probably be too great, but WorkTaste offers a pathway made up of smaller steps offering our tenants the chance to work with other people whilst learning and developing new skills. My job involves giving one to one support at the work placement, observing and assessing and helping the tenant gain aptitude and confidence.
I enjoy working with a positive, friendly and supportive group of people who all clearly care for, and want the best outcomes, for our tenants. I love the variety of my role, working with different people with varied skills, abilities and personalities. Every day is fun and rewarding.
There isn’t really a typical day but an example of one day could be:
I think it is when you see how your input makes a positive change, even if it is only subtle or small. It is so rewarding when you see a tenant gaining confidence when they achieve a skill that you have helped to support them with. I also love developing therapeutic relationships with the tenants who are involved in WorkTaste, something which the continuity of this job allows.
Lots! I have learnt how to think differently to support the people involved in WorkTaste. This might be analysing skills, breaking them down and adapting them and then working out how best to “teach” those skills. This can be a continual process where some ideas or processes need to be revisited and adapted or even taught again in another way.
I would encourage them to give it a go! We have a real mixture of people in our team who bring with them a variety of different work/life experiences, but everyone is supported to use those transferable skills. The team is really friendly and encouraging and the role is so rewarding and varied, each day is fun and challenging in its own way.
Don’t be afraid to ask for support or advice. It really is a fantastic team who want the best for the tenants and staff and who work hard to maintain a positive and happy environment.
Having the opportunity to build trusting and positive relationships with the people I support, seeing them develop and build in confidence and appreciate how their lives are enhanced through learning opportunities and working within the community.