Sussex Partnership is always trying to improve care for the clients and that means offering the best training. I want to do more and I know I will be supported. I’ve seen colleagues go on to train as nurses, which is something I would like to do.
The Selden Centre sets very high standards. Joining the centre was a massive change. Everything I had done and learnt in community care was turned on its head. It’s really exciting to see so much going on under one roof. There are so many skillsets and therapists. People readily share their knowledge. The experienced team members mentor you automatically, they don’t need to be asked.
I love the fact that I don’t know what each day will bring. It’s good to know you can help someone in crisis. You might not think much of it at the time, but you find out afterwards how much it meant to them. It means a lot to me too.
People with learning disabilities are the same as everyone else. They should be treated with dignity and respect. I don’t see a learning disability, I just see a person who functions in a different way to how I function.
We’re in the middle of picturesque countryside here and most days I go for a walk with my clients, which I love. We can go to a quiet beach nearby and sit and watch the boats come in. It doesn’t get any better than that.
A sense of pride
I feel proud of the contribution we make. For example, we had a client who couldn’t talk when she arrived with us. When she left us, she was full of energy and was able to return to her family, she was a different person. She was so much fun and I still miss her. We had also had a client for a long time who had had to spend lots of time away from people. To see her move into a flat and have the freedom to live her own life was wonderful. At the end of the day I feel fulfilled. I supported people and made them feel happy, safe and secure. To me nothing is more important than that.