Our Colleague Spotlight feature is on Sarah Tavener, who is a Senior Community Support. Read Sarah’s interview below to learn about her career progression with Surrey Choices and much more!
How long have you worked at Surrey Choices?
Over four years now. I started as a Bank Community Support Worker (CSW) in Woking, before becoming an Assistant CSW and then a CSW at Woking Resource Centre. A year in, I applied for a secondment with Camberley Community Group as a Senior. I loved my time there and we work really well as a team there. The people we support are fantastic too. Unfortunately, it was a temporary role and I wanted the security of a permanent position. After a lot of thought I applied for a Senior role at Woking Resource Centre as I enjoyed working there before with the team and was sad to leave so why not go back, and I got the job!
Why is career progression so important?
It is great to given the opportunity within the company to progress whether it is from one role to another or going up a level. Surrey Choices actively supports you to progress if you wish.
What is your favourite thing about being a Senior Community Support worker?
The variety working at two different hubs, people, and staff.
What is the most interesting/exciting thing you have done with Surrey Choices?
I really liked supporting people throughout lockdown, going out or being with them in their home.
What is a personal goal of yours?
To sometimes put myself first.
What has been your proudest moment at Surrey Choices?
My progression through the company. From my first role to where I am now. It has been a journey and I’m so grateful to Amanda Willson who has supported to me from the very beginning.
What is top of your bucket list?
Difficult one I want a sausage dog and I would love to go to Canada or Italy preferably both.
What is something people might not know about you?
I used to do amateur dramatics and had a lead role in a play.
If you want to support people with disabilities to live the lives they choose in their communities you can apply by clicking on the link here Community Support Worker – Surrey Choices.
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