Working for Meadows the last 10 months has been incredible. The support I have received from all the different departments in order to make me a better RSW has been exceptional from management, to team members to Head Office staff. No 2 days are the same and everyday brings new challenges and excitement. The training I receive from meadows is constantly given and changing in order to develop me the best RSW I can be. And of course the job can be very rewarding. Overall would recommend this company to any one who is interested in a career in residential work with young people.
My Meadows Care journey began in 2006 joining the company as a graduate straight from University. I had studied Psychology and needed a stop gap whilst I decided where my career would lead and earn some money – 14 years later and I am still here!! I am ambitious and eager to climb the career ladder, something Meadows have supported and enabled me to do. I began as a residential support worker, progressing to Deputy Manager, then Registered Manager and most recently Placements Manager for the North West and West Midlands. The training and qualifications I have gained along my journey have equipped me to progress. I have achieved a NVQ level 3 in children and young people and a Diploma Level 5 in Leadership and Management. Meadows Care provide me with the opportunities, encouragement and support I need to thrive and progress in my career. No day is the same and every day I learn.
I have been employed by Meadows Care for nearly 10 years, I started the job due to being made redundant from a job I was in for 10 years, I didn’t think I would be able to do the job as I had no experience or qualifications and I was a little hot headed. However over the years I grew to love the job and career I had chosen to do, my confidence improved, my ability to manage the young people with all different challenging behaviours, this also had a positive impact in my personal life with nephews and nieces. I learnt to do things differently and my patience improved and I learnt lot about myself. Over the years I have been extremely grateful to work with some of the best managers and staff I have ever worked with in a job, they showed me different skills to manage the young people I looked after over the years. I took the step up to Team Leader and then Registered Manager. One of the things I love about Meadows Care is the training they provide to all staff, I have made some good friends over the 10 years at Meadows and I am proud of how far I have got.
I started working at Meadows back in the very beginning before any of our homes were open and there were no young people placed with us. I couldn’t put down on paper all of the things I have learnt as there is far too much and I wouldn’t know where to start. I began as a Team Leader in our very first home, and worked through the ranks of this role, progressing to a Registered Manager overseeing 2 homes, at that time. Although now would be 1 home for a Registered Manager which is one of the many changes we have identified over the years as a way to improve our service for our employees and young people. Now working as a senior manager within the operations team I have the pleasure of helping to oversee all our homes and meet the fantastic range of employees that we are lucky enough to have with us, all of whom are working in a role to help improve the experiences of our young people in their upbringing, which is such a worthwhile and rewarding experience. I have worked with many young people over the years and am so proud of what they have gone on to achieve and how they have progressed knowing I was a part of their journey and memories made throughout their life. Throughout all of the hard times along the way throughout my career, of which there have been many, I have never been tempted to move elsewhere and have thoroughly enjoyed working at Meadows and being a part of this wonderful team.
I have worked at Meadows Care for just over a year now and I can honestly say there has not been a day where I have not wanted to go to work , some days can be challenging but the rewards from making a difference daily makes it worth while.
When working with young people in a positive manner has shown me how to be more positive within myself I can not think of a better way of earning a living than supporting our young people through the challenges they face.
Working at Meadows Care has given me the opportunity to be flexible and the choice within working hours eg full time or part time , I had no previous experience when first joining it’s about being the right candidate , from the in house training to working within a team in a home Meadows Care offers support and guidance while working a day as an RSW.
I started working for Meadows Care in May 2016 as a Residential Support Worker. I previously had no experience within this role and lack of confidence within myself. With all the training and support I received from Meadows I gained a lot of knowledge and with that came my confidence. Working at Meadows has made me value myself and my role as a Team Leader and the benefit of seeing young people develop new skills and progress makes me proud of myself and the company I work for.
Meadows is a warm friendly company, that has flourished into the Birmingham area from the North. What captured my eye with Meadow’s, is that their wish for young people is an everlasting change for young people. I have been working with Meadows for 3 years now, where I have been supported in now becoming the registered manager. The directors are so helpful also as well as the service manager and other managers, I would still not be with the company if that was not the case. Give it a chance to see the wonderful works that is done within the company.
Working for Meadows and especially at Barton Lodge has been like a breath of fresh air. The support I have had from day one has been amazing from everyone within Barton. I could not ask for a better work family.
Since starting my career in February 2017 as a RSW, Meadows Care has provided me with a great and sound amount of learning experiences along with opportunities to develop myself. Having worked in care with Adults before Meadows, I knew the importance of providing effective and supportive care. Meadows educated me on how to apply this to young people and be the best worker that I could be. Although the job itself is not easy, the experience which you have along the way with Meadows is what encourages you to progress. I have built my own career with the support of the company to achieve my Level 3 Qualification in 2018. Upon completion of this I had gained my first promotion in early 2019 as a Senior RSW. This did not stop me wanting more as later that year I had been promoted to Deputy Manager. At the end of 2019 I had successfully been given the promotion of Home Manager which I will be due to start in March 2020. Meadows have also supported me to enrol on to my Level 5 Qualification to support my new position, which I had also started in January 2020.
I have had a fantastic time with Meadows Care so far, and look forward to the future with the company.
I have worked for Meadows Care for six years, and I absolutely love working for Meadows. I came to Meadows as an Independent Quality Assurance Officer and the moment I started working for Meadows I felt welcomed, valued, and invested in. An opportunity came up to work in Birmingham, I then applied and was successful for the role of Service Manager for Birmingham. I have continued to feel supported, listened to and well managed in my role. I have learnt so much at my time at Meadows and am very grateful for the opportunities and investment from them into my career.
I have been employed by Meadows Care for nearly 7 years. I have had the opportunity to progress throughout the years; from the beginning of my career at Meadows Care I started a temp to perm contract and was then made permanent staff member, I have had the opportunity to complete a L3 diploma among various training courses which enable you to understand and have the correct knowledge to work with the young people we support. I have progressed from a Support Worker to a Team Leader and then to a Registered Manager. I am now completing a L5 diploma which will help me to continue with my career path. Over the years at Meadows Care I have worked with some fantastic staff members, managers and also been able to support some amazing young people. I hope to continue working at Meadows Care for many years to come and I would definitely recommend Meadows Care as a company to work for, as the experience you have working here provides you with many skills, attributes and memories.
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