I studied Health and Social Care Level 3 at college and during my work experience at a care home and at a school, I decided I wanted to work with people.
I enjoy helping someone to achieve their goals no matter how big or small they are. It’s great knowing you’ve played a part in changing another person’s life.
One of the challenges of the job is that sometimes people with learning disabilities take longer to process decisions. They need to think longer about doing something new or making a change. You have to adapt to that and be patient.
I’d recommend support work. It can be challenging but it’s really worth it. You gain so many skills that are useful in all kinds of other jobs – time management, communications, customer services, dealing with families – you really grow.
“The best part is helping someone achieve their goals no matter how big or small they are.”
Charles Herridge, pictured supporting Jane in the IT room