Independence Matters wins Most Supportive Employer at Norfolk Care Awards

The achievements of two young people have helped Independence Matters to win Most Supportive Employer for student placement at the 2017 Norfolk Care Awards.

Independence Matters Community Hub in Great Yarmouth provides day care for people with learning disabilities and takes great pride in supporting young people to build a career in social care through apprenticeships.
The award, presented at a gala event at Sprowston Manor, is a fitting tribute to the work put in by the Hub’s staff to support and nurture school leavers in the Yarmouth area.

Anna Bowyer, service manager at the Hub, explains: “We work hard to provide apprentices with a supportive, nurturing environment that will help them develop the skills and confidence needed in a care-based role. Alice Overton came to our service whilst doing her Health & Social Care Diploma and we were able to offer her mentoring and coaching through an apprenticeship, culminating in her receiving an outstanding student award from Great Yarmouth College.”

Alice is now a fully operational member of staff, demonstrating how an apprenticeship can be a great way for young people to get into work, and Anna’s team has started the process again with another school leaver, Mason Colman.
Now eight months into his apprenticeship Mason feels it has helped him overcome fears, gain confidence and be more positive in life, saying: “I haven’t once looked back, I’m proud to be an apprentice support worker for Independence Matters and grateful for the opportunities the apprenticeship has given me. I have a job I love and become a role model for the first time in my life.”

Sarah Stock, Independence Matters managing director, said: “We are all very proud of the team at Great Yarmouth Community Hub for their leadership and wonderful support of apprentices. They are passionate about sharing their skills and knowledge for the future of social care and striving for their apprentices to be the very best they can be.”

Great Yarmouth Community Hub is one of several daytime services run by Independence Matters in the Great Yarmouth area and supports people with a learning disability to remain independent and feel a valued part of their community.

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