Throughout this week, we're looking back at some of the highlights of 2021. Next is Megan's story.
What is it like working with the young people we support?
At MacIntyre School and Children's Homes in Wingrave, we support children and young people from 11 to 19 years old. We caught up with Megan, a Support Worker, to find out what it’s like working in one of our residential children’s homes.
Could you introduce yourself?
“Hi I’m Megan and I’m a Support Worker at Wingrave’s residential children’s home. I graduated from university last summer with a degree in Education and Early Years. I’ve never worked in care before, my previous employment had always been part-time jobs in the hospitality sector.”
How long have you worked at MacIntyre?
“I started in September 2020.“
What interested you about joining MacIntyre?
“I saw MacIntyre online, so knew of the organisation, plus my cousin works here too. I always wanted a job after university that would give me not just a lot of experience, but also one that would help make a difference to someone’s life. This gives me all of that, it’s definitely the best job I picked.”
What is it like to work with children and young people?
“Every day is completely different. It’s not a typical 9 to 5 role. It’s nice because you are part of the children and young people’s lives. It’s really lovely seeing the difference you’re making and seeing their progression.”
What do you love most about your role?
“Definitely seeing the progress! One of the young people I currently support has made so much progress recently and everybody can see it. I think that is the best part of my role, seeing the progress.”
What would you advise someone who is thinking of starting a career working with children?
“You need to be patient and caring, but being a Support Worker here will bring so much joy to your life. There are certainly never any dull moments!”
What is the training and support like?
“We get a lot of training. It was different for me because of the pandemic so I’ve done a lot of training online and over Zoom. The team and managers I work with are also so supportive and are always on hand to give advice and feedback. So yes, you get lots of training and support from day one.”
Join our team
We are seeking fun-loving, caring and passionate individuals to help support people to live as independently as possible, whilst providing the care and attention they need to live a life that makes sense to them.
To find out more about the current vacancies available, visit https://www.macintyrecharity.org/careers/current-vacancies/