I’ve been working for Two Saints since 2016 and in that I’ve had a number of positions. I originally started working for the organisation as a Community Support Worker in the Eastleigh team after deciding that working for statutory Homelessness and Housing services for 10 years wasn’t my thing, and I wanted to get back to the grass roots of helping people and working for Two Saints has allowed me to do that.
One thing that struck me straight away working here was the clear regard for personal choice and the ethos around the promotion of independence. This in itself cemented that I had made the right decision to join the organisation.
Whilst the role as a Community Support Worker presented its challenges, the benefits and job satisfaction outweighed any frustrations I had. I quickly had a desire to grow in my role and after six months of working here, I secured a secondment position as a Community Support Team Leader.
Having observed my team leader over the previous six months, I knew that this was the challenge that I needed to further my career. My manager was supportive and nurturing and enabled me to see my strengths and coached me to develop new skills as a team leader.
Being given the opportunity to stand in as a team leader allowed me to help shape and mould the service and the staff working within the service to reach the best outcomes for our clients; for me this was the icing on the cake. I knew from this point onwards that I wanted an opportunity to put the skills that I had learnt into a new venture.
Thankfully an opportunity arose within the company, Hampshire Refugee Co-ordinator. I knew the minute that I saw the post advertised that this was what I wanted to do. After discussing the position with my manager and with her encouragement I went for it and was successful in securing the post.
My new role as Refugee coordinator is different, challenging and rewarding, although there are similarities to my previous role, the challenges that you face on a daily basis are so different. The role is so diverse and is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
One thing I will say about working for Two Saints is that if you put in the work you will reap the rewards. From starting as a support worker a little under two years ago to overseeing a service just goes to show that you can develop yourself and further your career if you want to.
I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given and hope that my story continues to grow at Two Saints.