The role of a Support worker in our fostering agency is a varied one and could include activities such as:
- Spending a few hours at the weekend with a young person helping them to learn invaluable life skills to equip them for the time when they leave foster care. This could range from using public transport and opening a bank account to budgeting and basic cookery skills.
- Taking the young person on a social activity that they enjoy. This could range from a sporting activity like football, badminton or a bike ride to perhaps a social activity like ten pin bowling or the cinema.
- Accompanying a young person to a pre-arranged contact session with their birth family either at a family contact centre or at our head office in Westcliff-on-Sea.
One of our fostering support workers says…….
“As a support worker, I feel passionately about the positive effects a safe and encouraging environment can have on a child and have witnessed both psychological and emotional growth in almost all the young people I have spent time with.”
My colleague and I form the principal leaders of a team of Support Workers who take a group of vulnerable teenage boys on 3hr walks in local woodlands and country parks on a Wednesday evening. Once the group have walked for an hour or so, we set up a temporary camp and, using camping stoves & gas burners, boil water for hot drinks & cook a basic supper. Camp is then cleared away and the trek back commences. The young men find these evenings hugely enjoyable and often challenging. Through a recreational activity, they are learning how to work as part of a team, to share responsibilities and see a given task through whilst enjoying a small amount of freedom and independence, in the great outdoors.
I am part of a team responsible for arranging and carrying out ‘Challenges’ on given days throughout school holidays. To date, these have included overnight camps, full day navigational challenges, day trips to France and activity packed days out. “
Through training offered free of charge by the agency, I hope to continue to develop my skills and understanding of the complex needs of these young people and look forward to the challenges that inevitably lie ahead.”
If you would like to find out more about the role of a Support Worker and live in Essex, Kent, Suffolk or London, please either call 0800 121 6401 or send your CV in to:
The Fostering Manager,
Suite 1 Chalkwell Lawns,
648-656 London Road,
Essex SS0 9HR