Category: Professional Experiences

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 »

Introducing Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

In our last update, we shared with you our mission to choose a charity to focus our fundraising efforts on. We are pleased to announce that our chosen charity is Acorn Children’s Hospice Trust. Based across three locations in the Midlands – Selly Oak, Worcester, and Walsall – our chosen charity offer an incredible support… Read more »

New for 2018- Our Charity Activities

The philosophy coined by Confucius over 2,500 years ago, is still incredibly relevant today. Over the last 25 centuries opportunities have become unlimited, and decisions endless. We’ve found this to dramatically be the case when it comes to fundraising and giving back to local charities. With so many incredible causes doing fantastic work, historically we… Read more »

Life without Progress

What better way to introduce our dynamic and passionate Managing Director than to get out outsiders perspective! While writing this blog with Claire, my trembling fingers tap away on the keyboard, noting down her words, silently biting back unexpected tears. As we discuss the elements of the Progress business; from the company’s story to the… Read more »

What does it mean to be a Supervising Social Worker?

Happy, Smiling Team Photo

The Supervising Social Worker position is integral to the Progress team. It is a unique collaboration alongside Foster Carers to ensure the statutory i’s are dotted, and t’s are crossed in-line with current legislation. They also interlink within the fostering household, sharing beneficial knowledge & skills.   We wanted to take a look at a… Read more »