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My time with MTAP

David Cairns - withYOU

As a Caretaker within Pentland House, I learnt a lot about a world that I had not really seen before, learning the different stories and backgrounds of many different people. I also learnt a lot about myself in this role, such as being grateful for the things that I have in my life. Being able to help people and help provide a safe and secure environment for people who need it the most gave me an enormous sense of pride. I spent around seven months in this role and learned more than I could have imagined. I learnt skills from my co-workers that I did not think I would learn, and it definitely helped me grow as a person.

Making the transition to a Support Worker then became easy. At first, I was a little reluctant as I was unsure of how well I would take to the role, and it did come with its challenges. However, learning what I had during my time as a Caretaker set me up well for this and I believe it made the transition easier.

Having experience in the building and working closely with the Support Workers and the people we support already had allowed me to build up good working relationships with everyone. Changing roles also gave me the chance to grow and improve in different skills, such as being more comfortable in difficult situations, completing forms and generally providing support to those who need it the most.

This was an extremely rewarding experience and again allowed me to grow and become a better person.

With the support of the other Support Workers and senior management, this made me more confident to apply for the role of Senior Support Worker. This is a role that I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into and learn even more skills and improve again as a person.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank those who have helped me in getting this far, who have taught me the skills to keep progressing, to those who have allowed me to keep progressing. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me.