We asked over 500 of our support workers and managers about their jobs. Here is what they told us. Some of these findings might surprise you…
With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that a large majority of respondents said they feel care work has an undeserved bad reputation.
Dimensions, along with many other support providers, now recruit people for their values, rather than experience. With the right set of personal values, everything else can be learnt from training.
“Supporting people is a huge privilege and, as a former learning disability nurse, I know it can also be the springboard to a long and varied career.” — Steve Scown, Dimensions CEO
Support Worker Alicia is profoundly deaf. She supports Charlotte* (not her real name) who is a blind woman with a learning disability.
“Charlotte and I have a very good understanding of each other’s disabilities and I believe she trusts me when I support her.”
Alex worked part-time as a support worker while at university. He now considers the man he supported a close friend.
“Support work is one of the most rewarding careers out there…I watched the person I supported grow into a confident, funny and playful man…the transformation I saw in a matter of a few years reduced his father to tears.”
Juliette supports budding artist, Joe, who gave a lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in summer 2018.
“I’m a former art teacher with two degrees in fine art…so it’s enormously rewarding to use my skills to help someone else. We are very well-matched!”
Mark moved from a management position to support work, and values the difference he makes over anything else.
“This time last year, I was an area manager for a cleaning company: good salary, nice company car, iPad, phone. This time last year, I felt very little of what I did made a difference. I’m now a support worker for Dimensions and I feel everything I do, CAN make a difference.”
In recent research, support workers were amongst the happiest people in their jobs. We are trying to spread the word
about what a rewarding career social care can be.