All of our staff have a story to tell when they talk about how they came to work for Carr Gomm.

Whether they found out about Carr Gomm through a recommendation from a friend, an old colleague, or an online job advert - everyone has a story to share.

Claire Wyatt, support practitioner, is one of those individuals. Claire has worked with us for over a year now, and enjoys both the freedom and work-life balance that the role of a support practitioner brings.

Prior to working for Carr Gomm, Claire was completing her degree in psychology. Once graduated, she was eager to find work experience or a voluntary placement that complemented her degree.

This is when she applied for the support practitioner role at Carr Gomm, and since then has gained new experiences and skills whilst working alongside a strong team of fantastic people.

Claire, said: “I love working for Carr Gomm. My family have noticed a real positive change in me. I’m happier.

“At the end of last year my sister was facing redundancy and so I encouraged her to apply for a support practitioner role as well.

“She has now been working for Carr Gomm for several months and I have seen a huge difference in her personality. She is also now involved in additional charity work which I don’t think she would have considered before Carr Gomm.”

We asked Claire if she would recommend working as a support practitioner to other people. Without a shadow of a doubt she said!

Here’s a sneak peek at what you might expect working with us as a support practitioner.

About us

We are one of Scotland’s leading social care and support charities striving to help people to achieve their individual hopes and dreams every day. We know our work is challenging and very rewarding, and we require people with a flexible and inspirational approach, able to find innovative solutions with people, not for them. Our organisation provides many years of practical experience, professional policies and procedures, expert colleagues, and a passion for continually learning and improving. We ensure you come to work every day informed, inspired and determined to make a difference by having a positive impact on people’s lives.

The role

On any given day you might make a difference by supporting an older woman with dementia to remain independent in her home and maintain contact with her network of friends in her community. You might help a young man with autism move into his first home away from his family, and support him to understand his excitement and fear at this big life step. You might support a father of young children with his benefits claims and understanding his responsibilities as a tenant to reduce the risk of eviction. You might support a woman who has been in hospital for many years to move into her own home again and support her right to make her own decisions in how she chooses to live. You might support a mother who struggles with her mental health to improve her wellbeing by making healthy food choices on a budget and keeping on top of her medications.

Our commitment to you

We’ll place you in a welcoming team under the leadership of a knowledgeable manager. We’ll provide a comprehensive induction, regular supervision, and team meetings to ensure you maximise your potential. We’ll train you to actively listen to people and have the skills and knowledge to be able to take next steps with them. We’ll help you to develop personalised support plans and guidelines so that we all share the same understanding of what we are doing and why; thereby ensuring we get it right. We’ll trust you to work with families and neighbours, local councils and NHS staff.

Career development

We’ll help you register as a professional social care practitioner with the SSSC. We’ll support you in completing your vocational SVQ training and we’ll ensure you benefit from continual professional development.

To find out more about career opportunities at Carr Gomm, visit: https://recruitment.carrgomm.org/