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From Cleaning services to Managing them ...

We are encouraged to take part in qualifications and from that there are lots of opportunities and support to advance. Autism Initiatives is always developing its services so there are lots of new opportunities all the time.

Stacey Rose talks to us about her career journey ...

Can you let us know a little bit about the role you do at Autism Initiatives and how long you have been with the organisation?

I started working for Autism Initiatives 6 years ago as a cleaner, as the hours fitted in well with my child care commitments. I'd been working in that role for about two years when an opportunity arose to work day time hours as a Support Worker at a nearby service. I really enjoyed my role and after developing my skills became a Senior Support Worker. In January 2019 I became the Service Manager and now lead a team of 11 colleagues supporting 3 autistic men, providing 2 to 1 and 1-2-1 support to help access the community.

We've heard you've recently achieved your Diploma - Congratulations! Please could you tell us a little about the subject of your study?

My Diploma in Health & Social Care (Lead Adults Care Worker Level 3) took a year to complete and was well worth doing. Modules included understanding how to support people with autism, PBS, safeguarding, promoting personal development, and Health & Safety. I found the equality and inclusion section of study really interesting as it helped me to think outside the box and to support my staff team as well as the people who use our service most effectively.

How will the things you have learned during your studies impact on your work at Autism Initiatives and the people we support?

"The qualification underpins everything we do everyday anyway, but it has increased my confidence in my approach and confirms to me that the way we work is right."

I think continuous professional development is also good for your own self-esteem and morale increases confidence in your own competence.

Did you feel supported by Autism Initiatives to undertake this study?

"Yes, I definitely feel that Autism Initiatives have encouraged, supported and invested in me. Throughout my recent study support from my line manager, Area Manager Sue Newman, has been especially useful.
We are encouraged to take part in qualifications and from that there are lots of opportunities and support to advance. Autism Initiatives is always developing its services so there are lots of new opportunities all the time."

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