Here there are three stories of three young people who have found their way, in their own way, as part of the team here at DSN.
Amber Pane, Bank Support Living Worker
Originally, I joined to work as a volunteer for DSN, on behalf of my college course: Health and Social Care Level 3. The college stated that I must do 100 hours of work as part of my work experience.
I worked at Stepping Stones as a volunteer for four months and I learned a lot and relevant to my course in college. I developed and gained a lot of skills during my time at Stepping Stones as I used lot of communication and teamwork skills during my time as a volunteer. I enjoyed a lot as I interacted well with the tenants and worked together when there were problems and at the end, the tenants are happy with what they want.
After the end of my work placement as my 100 hours was done, DSN gave me a job to become a Bank Support Living Worker. I do work DSN occasionally if they need staff and I am more than happy to come over and support the tenants. I have been working here for about five months now. I still love working with the tenants as I still have the passion to support the tenants no matter what and I still encourage for the tenants to gain their independence and confidence for their future. I am continuing to work with positive attitudes and gain more experiences in different places in DSN.
Laken Pallet Rider, Supported Living Support Worker Apprentice
The start of my experience with DSN compared to where I stand now has changed a lot. I started my journey at DSN as a supported living apprentice with no communication skills in BSL or even working within the care industry.
I have worked for the company DSN for over a year now. I first heard about the company online advertising jobs. When I officially started in May 2017, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but when I arrived the staff were so welcoming and supportive, straight away I was learning things, whether it was a way of doing something or learning a new sign.
Looking back to when I first started and I didn’t know any sign to communicate with staff or any of the tenants and looking at me now where I can hold a conversation In BSL makes me proud.
Since being here, I have achieved so much; my Level 1 in BSL. I have also had many days of which have been training; more upcoming training dates also to come. I have grown so much confidence since working here.
Throughout the job, there is always support given, whether its peer support, senior support or line manager support, there will always someone that can help you. Within the supporting living, it is all about working as a team and listening and at DSN you can guarantee that happens.
Overall so far working for Deafness Support Network has been amazing, learning things new every day, the company has made me achieve goals and given me great experiences.
Tara Jayne Furmedge, Supported Living Support Worker Apprentice
I started as an apprentice 14 months ago with DSN supported living. I had no experience of care apart from one week with experience when I was at school. I worked in a nursery with a deaf child who had learning difficulties and I used Makaton. I have gained experience in supporting tenants and enabling them to be as independent as possible, I have been learning British Sign Language (BSL) and finished Level One. I have passed my medication training, food hygiene infection control, health and safety, MAPPA training and first aid, so as you can see I have gained a lot of valuable experience and it has given me confidence in the working environment.