Have You Got What it Takes to be a Support Worker?
In our latest blog post, Creative Support service user Paul shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a good support worker.
“What makes a good support recovery worker is one who takes interest in our pastimes and hobbies as well as helping us to get better at our own pace.
All the staff at Midway, where I live, meet these criteria. They are understanding and won’t pressure a service user to come out of their comfort zone. With gentle persuasion, progress is achieved slowly but surely.
In my own case, I found it difficult to go to places where there are crowds such as the town centre or on buses. My key worker Hannah took me out on trains, buses and the town centre and slowly I became more confident and now I can go out almost anywhere on my own. The good thing about Midway is that it is within five minutes walking distance from the town centre and if I ever do have a panic attack I can get home quickly.
The facilities at Midway are second to none. It is a nicely decorated building and our rooms are spacious. Mental health services have come a long way for the better over the past 25 years or so, and private residential units are an asset to the service. I know from my own experience that Midway provides a top mental health service.”