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Chris’ journey to Senior Support Worker!

Chris is a Senior Support Worker and Training Facilitator at our brain injury rehabilitation service, Woodlands, located in Middlesbrough.

Chris began his career with us as a Support Worker in March 2012. Since then, he’s progressed through a variety of roles – including Therapy Co-ordinator – and completed valuable qualifications along the way…all building on his experience and leading him to his current role!

Inspiring Chris’ career in care

Chris has always wanted to work in care, inspired by his mum’s extensive career in the sector – in particular her role as former Deputy Manager at Woodlands! Seeing his mum in such a fulfilling role held a lot of value for Chris. He wanted to follow in her hard-working footsteps, always striving to help and support people. When he found out there was an opportunity to join the team at Woodlands, he jumped at the chance to apply!

Chris’ career journey

Chris began his career as a Youth Worker, where he stayed for three and a half years. Following this he went on to work in a variety of industries, including public transport, where he felt unfulfilled and unhappy. Chris always knew he wanted to return to care, so when his mum told him a position had become available at Woodlands, he immediately applied through our company website.

Chris quickly got called in for an interview with our Service Manager…and received a phone call offering him the role soon after!

After securing the position, Chris went through our rigorous training process before starting at Woodlands. Chris commented on how it was a “great process to go through”, expressing how comfortable he was made to feel by the lovely team throughout.

Once Chris began his role as a Support Worker with us, his hard work and commitment to the people we support shone through – giving him the opportunity to progress his career further!

A yearning for learning!

Chris has always had a real ‘yearning for learning’, taking full advantage of our extensive training opportunities. Chris has completed three different diplomas in Health and Social Care, all funded by Voyage Care, and he is currently considering completing a fourth!

Armed with additional training and experience, Chris had the opportunity to take on shifts as Acting Senior Support Worker. In this role, it was clear to see how Chris’ knowledge and kindness allowed him to thrive when working in care, leading to his permanent role as a Senior Support Worker.

After staying in this role for a while, Chris decided to switch things up and took on the role of Therapy Co-ordinator. In this role, he was responsible for finding new therapies for the people we support and organising therapy sessions.

Chris decided to step back into a Senior Support Worker role after a new position became available. Due to his experience and expertise, Chris also began an additional role as a Training Facilitator. He specialises in basic life support and manual handling, helping our team at Woodlands learn new skills and supporting them throughout their training journey.

Chris loves being a Senior Support Worker, helping the people we support with day-to-day tasks and doing fun activities with them.

Training opportunities at Voyage Care

We offer sector-leading training opportunities to every member of our team, encouraging colleagues to continue expanding their knowledge and learning new skills.

Chris is a great advocate for this having completed many fully-funded training courses. He’s successfully achieved his level 2, 3, and 4 diplomas in Health and Social Care, achieving a distinction in his last exam!

Chris has always felt supported by his team throughout his training, enjoying every step he’s taken throughout his studies.  He told us: “I’ve had fantastic support throughout my role from everybody – it’s a great team”.

Learn more about our roles!

We have a range of career opportunities across the UK. If you are interested in joining the Voyage Care family, view our latest vacancies and apply today!