We were lucky enough to have a virtual coffee with Georgia, 25, who’s worked for Dimensions since February 2019. Her positivity and enthusiasm were inspiring.
Tell me about yourself…
I’m 25 and live with my parents. I love having my nails and hair done and discovering new restaurants with friends. I’m also obsessed with real life documentary series on Netflix!
So, why Dimensions?
I got my A-levels and went to University, however I quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I tried an office based role and hated it, I also spent some time being a dental nurse, but again I wasn’t happy. My Auntie is autistic and is supported by Dimensions, so I knew a bit about them, one day I saw an ad for a support worker role in Maidenhead, so I applied and got the job!
You didn’t have any previously support work experience?
No, I’d been around support workers but it was a completely new area for me. My first position was in supported living, the people I supported were very independent. We’d go out lots and do all sorts of activities. I arrived at work to be greeted by smiles and found that I was smiling throughout my shift. We got through the lockdowns in 2020, activities were obviously limited but still I was enjoying every shift and I started to feel I should challenge myself…
In December 2020 I applied for a Lead Support Worker role in Stanwell, which I got. This was a real change as not only did I have more responsibility but my main place of work was a registered care home. The residents were all older and need much more support, including personal care, medications and cooking.
Then last month my Locality Manager (LM) suggested I go for the Assistant Locality Manager (ALM) role and I got that! So we’re responsible for 9 people in 2 properties.
Wow, your career has moved on quickly!
Yes, Dimensions has been fabulous with their training. I’m currently finishing my level 3 qualification and as soon as I got the ALM role I was registered for the “Lead to Succeed” course, which starts soon. I couldn’t have asked for a better LM, Sam has made a lot of time for me and helped me to grow into my role and responsibilities. When I met Marina the Performance Coach, she was so amazing and I thought, “I want to be Marina!” I know Sam and Dimensions will support my career.
You sound like you’ve found your spot…
I feel so lucky to be here, I love this job, every day I come in to smiles and I find myself smiling all day. There have been challenges, moving from a supported living environment was a huge leap of faith but knowing I’m able to make a difference to people’s lives. Each day we’re supporting people to have more control over their lives, I love that.
Finally do you have any advice for people who might be considering support work?
This job is incredibly rewarding, however it is also challenging, but if you enjoy being challenged and want to make a positive change in people’s lives, do not hesitate to apply. I am so grateful that I had the courage to do this and I love going to work every single day!