Monday, 27 August 2018

New Start

My younger brother signing away one of his songs. My younger brother signing away one of his songs.

I’m a support worker with the Trust as of 2018 January, 26 years old with epilepsy, before this when I graduated university I spent 11 months job hunting feeling like my epilepsy was a dead weight restricting my options for work in South Wales (not driving a car can be somewhat of a deal breaker for most employers.)

Naturally me and my family move from South Wales to Cumbria looking for work and I hear about the Glenmore Trust at a local church and after applying I end up in an interview far sooner than I thought and the meeting itself could not have gone better if I had planned it. I felt like I was just having a conversation between people who were clearly passionate about the same thing: providing care for people with learning disabilities. (Consult the picture below for a reason as to why I feel this way towards adults with learning disabilities.)

The training I went on was thorough with a clear emphasis on enabling people rather than just doing everything for people with learning disabilities and conditions in the support work we do. I walk into my first shift at a house where I’m helping to support three people one of them challenges me to a game of bowling on her games console. I think to myself “okay let’s just take it easy on her” and after she scores three strikes I got the sense that she was far better at this than me. That was my most memorable moment from my first shift and I have far too many more since then that I don’t have the time to share on here. But now six months into the job the things that were overwhelming at first are now second nature: personal care, using a wheelchair, operating electronic hoists, giving medication etc.

In short, I’m glad I ended up working at the Glenmore doing what I do with the people (both staff and service users) that I work with. I help provide the level of support and quality of care I hope my brother will one day have access to and it feels good to work in an organisation that takes my own chronic condition seriously.