Two members of staff within the adult services supported living team at Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, have recently been promoted and given the chance to move up the career ladder at the charity that has supported both children and adults with disabilities in Dorset for 59 years.
The supported living team at the charity supports 35 adults to live as independently as possible in their own home and get out and about in the local community, making a huge difference to their everyday lives.
Greg Watson, 49, is now one of three deputy managers in the supported living team and has been employed by Diverse Abilities for six years. He started on a zero hours contract before moving to a flexi role and then progressed to a team leader, where he supported two adults with disabilities – Eric and Tim – in their own property and managed support workers. Greg has most recently been promoted to supported living deputy manager and applied for the position internally as he felt he could do more for the people the charity supports. He now manages seven properties and team leaders plus other zero hour contract staff. He also deals with recruitment, shift cover and undertakes reviews for staff and people the charity supports.
Greg said: “I really enjoy working at Diverse Abilities because it is great to see the people we support achieving amazing things that they never thought they would. I love how we give the adults the independence they deserve and enable them to try things they have always dreamed of. Being promoted internally to a management position is a great achievement and I am looking forward to making a difference to many more adults that the charity supports. I undertook management training, which was organised in-house, while I was a team leader and I also feel this gave me the confidence to apply for this position and progress at the charity.”
Vicky Weeks, 33, was promoted to team leader and has taken over Greg’s previous role supporting Eric and Tim. Vicky has worked at the charity since July last year as a support worker.
She said: “I really enjoy working at Diverse Abilities as I see the difference it makes to the adults we support. I’ve worked with Tim and Eric as a support worker for over six months and have a great relationship with them both. To now be their team leader is just fantastic and I am looking forward to continuing the great work that Greg achieved with both Eric and Tim. I also like my role at the charity because it is a well organised charity and they are very supportive of its staff.”
As part of her role Vicky now manages three support workers – Andy, Nigel and Tania – all of which are a very close knit team.
Diverse Abilities is constantly looking for new members of its team as the demand for the service continues to grow. The charity is holding two events to encourage the local community to come along and find out what opportunities are available in the supported living team, meet the charity’s staff and adults it supports. The events are taking place on Saturday 18 October (9am-1pm) and Wednesday 22 October (4.30-6.30pm) at the charity’s head office – Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road BH12 4NZ.
Lee Brady, from Diverse Abilities, said: “We offer several different roles to suit a wide range of people that are looking for a job in the care sector. The majority of the adults we support require 24/7 care therefore we can offer candidates variable hours during the week and on the weekend to suit them. No qualifications are required to work with us and if a career in care is a job you wish to progress with, we provide a range of prospects.”
For further information please contact Lee Brady on 01202 718266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.