Support worker Anton Toussaint visits two or three people in a day to help them enjoy time in their community and meet new people. Here he tells us about a day in the life of a support worker at Integrate from cooking to football matches.
“This is the first job that I have had in care and I have been here five years now, I have spent most of my other work life in schools as a learning mentor and have also worked in call centres and solicitors.
“The time here has flown, I had reached a stage in life that the 9-5 office environment was not for me, I needed to be active and around people – so this has been perfect for that.
“When I first applied for the job, I knew I would be working with people who had learning differences, but I did not envisage day trips and being out in the community so much – it has enriched the job for me.
“It does not seem like work sometimes – it feels like you are having a fun day out and being paid for it. Seeing how much I can help change someone’s life by taking part in activities with them from going to Preston North End to cooking together is amazing. I look at some of the people I have worked with when I started five years ago to now and there is a massive difference in them, they are more confident and there is a joy in their lives.”