I came into the role of Support Worker at CARS in a period of demand for male workers. From the other side of the fence, before working with any clients, the job seemed daunting. With almost no experience in personal support work or care fields, I was apprehensive of what was to follow. However, looking back to when I started, I could not have made a better decision.
Since starting, I have had the chance to work with several clients, from social support and access to the CARS holiday program. Each experience I have had over the years has moulded me into the person I am today. I hold close to my heart the relationships I have been able to build with people I consider my friends, before anything else.
The biggest highlight has been being able to facilitate and support these wonderful people in achieving their goals, which brings an incredible sense of fulfilment to my role at CARS. It is special to be able to share in their happiness of being able engaging in social activities, to having their first day of work experience, or even something like learning to cook!
There is a definite assumption that support work is extremely difficult and it couldn’t be more false. Of course, there have been challenges, but the office staff and fellow support workers have provided me with the training and knowledge to overcome them. I have become better able to be patient and resilient, and have learned to be creative and problem-solve in supporting my clients.
I feel lucky to be able to work here at CARS and couldn’t be more thankful for the positive impact it has had on my life.