We are sharing stories of how working in residential care can transform lives. By sharing the stories of the people who work in residential care we hope to offer an insight into the skills and experiences of our team and why they are well placed to offer therapeutic care to our children and young people.
Kayleigh is a Residential Support Worker.
How long have you been supporting young people in one way or another? How do you do this?
I’ve been working with young people since 2013 – I started out working within an Outreach service for children and young people with additional support needs and complex physical needs, then moved on to housing support for adults with autism before going to a residential school for boys with additional support needs. Now working within residential services with Carolina.
What skills do you bring to the team?
I am quite crafty, I love knitting, making things and general craft activities. I enjoy cooking and baking. I am keen to learn new activities. I also used to teach swimming and love going exploring for walks.
What is your CHT or residential care career highlight?
Seeing young people achieve their goals!
Have you had a low point? How did you overcome it?
Working with children with complex physical needs, the lowest points being having to say goodbye to children I supported who sadly passed away.
What would you change about residential care?
The stigma people have of it being dull and boring – the team here are anything but!
What has been the funniest moment of your CHT or residential care career?
I can’t pick one but just, in general, the silly nonsense (like a certain staff member pretending to be a sheep to make a young person laugh!) shared with the young people on a daily basis.
What do you enjoy doing when you have some time to yourself?
I have a toddler so I don’t really get time to myself. However we enjoy going for walks, baking, craft things – especially tractor related things such as footprints and cardboard box ones! When I do occasionally get some time to myself I love to get some knitting done.
What do you think is unique about Tarvit Cottage that supports young people in our care?
The staff team. We all bring something different and together it offers something truly amazing to young people in our care. We all like to have fun and bring so many different skills and experiences to the role.
The setting. I mean look where we are it’s beautiful and offers so much on the doorstep, from farmland walks, beaches, activities in the local area, the list goes on.