Marie is a support worker at Progress’ children’s residential home, Henley Lodge in Coventry.
What led her to apply and work for Progress? This is her story.
I have been working for Progress since March 2020 – my first job in 15 years.
“15 years?” you say? Let me take you back to the beginning of my story.
In 2004 I gave birth to my first child, my little boy. However, things did not go to plan and there were complications. My son was born with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy and by the time he was seven months old, he had to have a peg fitted to enable him to take food. He was also doubly incontinent, so I became his full-time carer.
Sadly, in April 2019, my son passed away.
I struggled with the loss of my son as well as losing my identity. All I’d known for the past 15 years had gone with him; but I knew within me there was still the desire to help children and young people.
So, when I saw the job of Support Worker at Progress advertised, I wondered if this was something I could do. I had no qualifications in care, but I did have 15 years’ experience in looking after my son.
Despite the uncertainty, I attended a Progress recruitment day. This gave me the chance to learn more about the organisation and the role. I applied and after an interview, I was offered a job as a support worker.
At first, it was scary but as the weeks went on, I felt relaxed in what I was doing.
Looking back at things, having this new job has helped me with my grief. I am busy doing what I know and love – supporting children and putting a smile on their faces.
Working for Progress has been the best thing I have done.
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