For the past 20 years I have worked within the care sector, the past 11 years supporting children.
As we all know, no two days are the same!
As residential workers, we wake up every day knowing that there will be a different set of challenges to test us and we embrace that every day. That is one of the many things that has kept me hooked working in residential care, some might think of us as a little bit of a crazy breed, but I think of us as outstanding individuals who drive through the difficult times to reach our ultimate aim – achieving amazing outcomes for the children we support.
I was part of an acquisition into Compass. For me and the wider team, the fear of the unknown brought mixed feelings of excitement and worry – we didn’t know what to expect, or what was going to change…. But, we are residential workers, right?! So true to form, we woke up every day and embraced the new!
As always with change, there were good parts and challenging parts. We were supported by the wider company and departments throughout… Although, I did forget a lot of people’s names.. And yes, I needed to be shown how to use the new systems more than once! However, the lovely people at Compass gave us the time and commitment to make sure the transition into a larger company was a smooth as possible.
It is now two years on and I can say that we definitely feel like part of the Compass family and we embrace the Compass ethos.
It’s my opinion that the make or break of a residential worker is the ability to embrace change, dig deep and show resilience.
We do this as a collective, supporting and being supported by the teams around us.