Pathways is a service provided by Chailey Heritage Foundation, to help young people living with complex disabilities and their families both at home and out in the community.
Community Support Workers support young people in their homes, transport them to and from Chailey Heritage Foundation where they can access a wide range of services, and help them access activities and outings in the community. It is a richly varied role where no two days are ever the same - one day you could be taking a young person for a trip to the beach, the next you might be helping them access the gym, art, cookery or rebound therapy at Chailey Heritage Foundation.
This role would suit individuals who like variety, being with people and have a genuine desire to help those with challenging life circumstances. It is a position of trust as you will be supporting young people with a variety of needs including personal care, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.
Q&A with Paige, Community Support Worker
Q. Why did you choose to become a Community Support Worker?
A. I was working as a dental nurse but then Covid hit and I decided to change my career. I would never have thought of becoming a Community Support Worker had it not been for a friend who worked here. She told me how much she loved her job and that I should give it a try!
Q. What is your role like?
A. I’ve been here for a year now and I absolutely love it – I get to do so many different things, from taking young people on day trips to places like Sheffield Park, to doing silent discos and helping young people access things like rebound therapy here at Chailey. I get such a sense of joy from my role - the other day Connor managed to lift his leg up in his gym session and I almost cried with pride!
Q. What does it feel like to work at Chailey?
A. I honestly feel like I’m hanging out with my best friends all day, both the staff and the young people. Initially I found the first month challenging, doing the manual handling training and learning how to communicate with some of the young people, but then I realised it’s about having fun and making someone’s day the best it can be. It’s a fun, happy place to work and I even met my boyfriend here!
Q. What would you say to someone thinking about applying for this role?
A. I would never have thought of going for this role, so I’m glad my friend encouraged me to give it a try! You should too. The young people I work with make me smile every day and we have so much fun together. I enjoy it so much and feel like I’m making a really positive difference to young people’s lives.
If you would like to take on a new challenge or explore a new career path just like Paige, check out our vacancies page here and get in touch with us for more information. We'd love to hear from you!