Category: Professional Experiences

5 minutes with…Darrell  

Support Worker at Nightingale House

The Support Worker at Nightingale House, on working in mental health, training, and why team work is important. I used to work for Derby Mental Health Trust as a health care assistant. My job was to support people who had different mental health issues. I learned very quickly that at the beginning of each shift,… Read more »

5 minutes with…Michelle

The Support Worker at Wellcroft House, on life at Progress, beverages, and why you should give working with young people a try. I always wanted to do something meaningful in life. I’ve had different jobs and owned a café too, but it wasn’t fulfilling. When I saw a job come up with Progress I thought,… Read more »

What does a support worker do?

what is a support worker

Laura is one of the Registered Managers at Stourbridge House. Having started her career as a Support Worker, she knows what it takes in getting a foot in the door and developing a career in health and social care. Now responsible for recruiting staff, Laura has shared her words of wisdom to what being a… Read more »

Why I foster: Joanna

why I foster

In a new series of interviews we will be asking Progress foster carers why they choose to foster and why despite some challenges, fostering can bring a lot of joy. Here’s Joanna’s story. “You don’t help someone to get a pat on the back. My husband and I foster because we love it. Seeing a… Read more »

Supporting Young People

Supporting children and young adults

We want to be able to share with your the amazing things Progress carers experience in their job every day. Mark is a Progress carer and has been supporting Jay for nearly three years. This is his story: Jay is very high on the spectrum of autism and has minimal vocabulary. Despite this, Jay’s Mum really wanted… Read more »

Working in Care Stories: Kim

Kim is a Team Leader at Progress’s Children’s Short Breaks service, Stourbridge House. This is her story. It was Kim Williams’ younger brother who inspired her to work in care. ‘He is autistic and I grew up caring for him,’ she says. ‘I love him to bits, he is such a character and I wanted to help… Read more »

Why work for Progress?

working with children and young people

Are you thinking of working in care? With many jobs in care on offer, what makes Progress a great company to work for? 1.   We value the opinions of our staff As an organisation that works for children and young adults, the quality of services we provide is vital to our existence – therefore our… Read more »

From Senior Support Worker to Managing Director

Claire - career in care

Claire Rogers speaks from the heart about her role as Managing Director of Progress. She talks with passion about her values, her aims for the staff and the children.  “I give everything to what I do,” she says, “I love it.” Claire moved into care from a career in retail, starting work at a school… Read more »

Working for Progress: Phil’s Story

“I can talk with passion about what I do because I fully believe in it” says Phil McDonald who is at the helm of The Hub, which helps children and young adults with disabilities to get the absolute most from life. Phil started his working life at the tax office, but feeling unfulfilled, took a… Read more »

Working for Progress: Adam’s story

Children and Young People careers

Adam Nicholls, Development Officer   It was 7am on a cold January morning in 2012 when Adam arrived for his first day as a support worker. He stepped inside what looked like any other house, to a new career and a new life. Within minutes he was answering questions from curious teenagers, finding his way… Read more »