A project to provide work experience placements to local college students at a Trowbridge learning disability care home has just seen its second student offered a job.
Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Shaftesbury Court, on Manor Close, has been running the work experience sessions, which sees health and social care students from Wiltshire College organise activities and shadow the service’s support workers.
One student, Tiana Tallentire, impressed staff so much with her enthusiasm and commitment that Shaftesbury Court’s manager offered her a paid role as a part-time ‘bank’ worker.
The 18-year-old clocked up 50 hours of work at the home as part of her course and built up a rapport with the residents, as well as an understanding of their individual needs.
The new role will see Tiana, whose long-term career goal is to become a paramedic, working every other weekend between her college studies. She will be delivering personalised support to help residents with their day-to-day needs, including preparing meals and developing social skills.
Tiana is the second such student to be offered paid work in the two years the placement scheme has been operating. The first, Hannah Mottram, was also interviewed and taken on following the first year of placements in 2016.
Tiana said: “By working with the residents I feel I have built up so much confidence in myself because I've experienced new sides of care and how to meet the residents’ needs.
“Shaftesbury Court has made me a better person because now I can see how the human body really works with a disability; it has really challenged my understanding of care, but also I feel I have come out more positive and learned that life is not plain sailing and you've got to put the work in.”
SSL local service manager Samantha McCrindle added: “Our residents receive personalised care, tailored to their individual needs, so it’s really important to have staff who understand those needs – fortunately, Tiana does.
“I was very impressed and touched by how she stayed in contact afterwards and would pop in every so often, and the residents really loved her. It was a no-brainer to offer her a paid role at Shaftesbury Court and I’m very optimistic about the contribution she’ll make here.”