Meet Stef - YRP's very first Apprentice!

Meet Stef - YRP's very first Apprentice!

Posted on: 14 October 2015 in

Hi i am Stef and I am an Apprentice Project Worker for York Road Project. I am studying Level 3 Health and Social Care and have worked here for almost 3 months.
Previous to this I have done a lot of work and studies with substance misuse. I have been a mentor supporting women with addiction and studied a Level 3 DANOS (Drugs and Alcohol national occupational standards) understanding Alcohol and Drug misuse Open University course. Since gaining these qualifications I have also co-facilitated many courses such as Alcohol Relapse Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, awareness on BBV (Blood Bourne Viruses) and safer drug use. Within these courses were topics such as raising self-esteem and anger management, managing relapse and self-development.  I have also had peer support training on Safeguarding Time management Boundaries and Confidentiality, Managing conflicts and giving feedback as well as motivational interviewing techniques. I also have a Level 2 in understanding peer mentoring and mentoring skills.
I have always wanted to be in a job working with people who may struggle with their life or life style choices and may need extra support from somebody who is in a position to do this, so that they have a positive person in their life to work with them to manage their lives a little better.
Working within the homelessness sector has given me a lot of experience and knowledge into why and how some people become homeless and also how with some clients, addiction can result in homelessness and homelessness can result in addiction, although this is not the case with every client.
Since working here at York Road Project I have been responsible for helping other staff to run the daily workshops and advice in the mornings to offer clients a chance to call other agencies or refer to other support agencies to support them with any support needs they may have. This is also an opportunity for clients to look at their housing options and to have full use of laptops to look for jobs and housing. We also support clients in claiming benefits or registering with a GP.
I have also assisted with the move on project worker to support clients moving from the shelter to move on accommodation and still offer them support, and to design a support plan with them to work towards their goals and hopefully to their own successful accommodation and learn how to budget and manage their lives more independently.
Once my Apprenticeship has been completed I am hoping to continue working as a project worker and offering support to clients with support needs. I am particularly interested in the substance misuse field and would like to support clients who have addiction and needs in this area to help overcome addiction and maintain recovery. My overall aim is to one day become CEO of an organisation.