Our new recruit - from CEO to support worker

Our CEO, Andrew Cannon, rolled up his sleeves and joined our team in Wigan as a support worker for a week. Andrew worked in one of our supported living developments from 3-14 July 2017. For Andrew, this is now an annual ritual - last year he worked in one of our services in Liverpool. He views it a great opportunity to engage with the people we support as well as our fantastic employees.

Throughout the week, he documented his experience with a series of video diaries – which you can view below. In his diary logs, Andrew reflected on his experiences during the day and the support he provided to help people live rich, independent and fulfilling lives.

During the course of his week, Andrew really got his hands dirty from supporting people with daily living tasks, like cooking and doing the laundry, to taking people horse riding and playing a spot of pool with Josh. Last week, he found some of the days to be very physically demanding and it was quite the change from his usual working day. Andrew gave his perspective on the highs and lows of his work as a support worker. Where one of the highs was the amazing and compassionate reaction from the community...watch the video diaries to find out more!

Andrew Cannon with Josh playing pool

Andrew and Josh playing pool.

In one of Andrew’s video diaries, he shares how he experienced moments of wonder where was able to connect with the people he was supporting and how, for him, this is what makes care as a career worthwhile. He said that "being a support worker is more than just a job… you find you lose yourself in it".

If you want to find out more about how our new recruit got on last week, check out Andrew's video diaries below:

Day one of my video diary; working as a frontline carer in a supported living service in Wigan for the week. Today - Purpose and Why?

Day Two of my week working as a frontline carer in a supported living service in Wigan. Today - on reflections and love.

Day three in Wigan supported living - video 1 of 2, on Management, Social Media and 'Back to the Floor.'

Day three in Wigan supported living - video 2 of 2; on highs, lows and failing badly to summarise a busy day.

Day Four of my week working as a frontline carer in Wigan. Today - on stamina, internal vs. external burdens and the community.

Day Five of my week working as a frontline carer. Today in Ellesmere Port on; service design, goals and the best job you'll ever have.

Day Six of my week working as a frontline carer. Today; lessons, moments of wonder and a huge thank you.