Meet Emma a Personal Assistant (Care Worker) at Enham Trust
Enham Trust supports over 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people across the country to live lives of choice, control and independence; providing housing, care, and employment & skills to enable individuals to make the transition towards greater social and economic independence.
Our unique support enables our disabled clients to confidently make the journey from 24-hour residential care to independent living.
Supported by a team of experienced care staff – or Personal Assistants (PAs), clients are encouraged to create Person Centred Plans (PCPs) in order to achieve short term and long term physical, economic, and social goals – from learning how to cook on their own, to living on their own and gaining sustained employment.
“I was a University student at Bournemouth studying nursing when I began working at Enham Trust,” explains Emma. “I always knew I wanted to do nursing."
“I missed my friends at home and it was a lot of pressure; I managed to stick at it for 2 years, but it was too much. I didn’t want to continue because I didn’t feel confident due to lack of knowledge on placements."
“I made the decision to leave and become a full time care assistant with Enham Trust, working night shifts for 6 months until a day position came available.
“I was a lead care worker to 4 residents, meeting on a monthly basis to ensure they were happy with their personal care and support. Together, we set up person-centred short and long terms goals, and my role was to support them to meet these goals."
One experience will always remain in my mind, I supported a resident to make a homemade pizza – it was amazing to share in their sense of achievement and joy when it was done."
That’s the thing at Enham Trust; you’re not there to just do things for people – to do their cooking – but to support them to achieve their goals."
“During my time at Enham Trust I have developed my skills, gained responsibility and have advanced from a care worker to house manager."
My confidence has grown by gaining experience of supporting people, and meeting practitioners; now I feel I understand the terminology, where once it mystified me!"
“I have worked with occupational therapists, and developed relationships with the community nursing teams; mental health workers, learning disability and social care services."
“Working at Enham Trust has given me the experience I need to feel ready to continue my studies at university and progress my career in nursing."
It’s not just a job! You are enabling another person to do what they want to do, how they want to do, and to do it all for themselves, where possible. At times you are their sight, their hands, and their driver. You will support them to have movement and control in every aspect of their life, and sometimes give emotional support."
“To be someone’s PA, you will need to have patience, be caring, be motivating, be a team player, use your own initiative, and be a good listener. It’s not always easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding."
Supporting an individual with what they want to do is about exploring options and finding alternative ways of doing things, to ensure people can achieve their goals. I call these the “light bulb moments”!"
“Working at Enham Trust, I have made long term friends, and even met the Queen at Buckingham Palace; I’ve fundraised by doing a zip wire challenge, and Supported residents with so many fun and unusual experiences, such as the Edinburgh Tattoo, theatre trips, days out at the races, and sailing trips."
“The day we went to Buckingham Palace was really special; Paul, one of our clients, has always wanted to meet the Queen and finally, in May, he was given the opportunity! He even got to wish her a happy birthday.”
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