Earlier this month, we caught up with one of our staff, Marie Connors, who joined Nua in 2021.
Marie works as an Assistant Support Worker in our Mental Health Community Residence - Teach Folláine. Here is Marie's story.
Before I started working with Nua, I was working in a bar for a few months serving drinks and dealing with members of the public on a regular basis. I worked different shifts and sometimes into the early hours of the morning. When I was offfered a role with Nua last year, I was delighted. Although, I didnt fully know what I wanted to do at that time. I was looking for a job that I could settle into and do well in. I did however know I enjoyed working with others and wanted to work in a role where I could help others.
My friend worked with Nua, and from talking to her and listening to her experiences, I thought it sounded really interesting and something that I would enjoy. So, I started doing some research, looked up the website and decided to apply, and I’m delighted I did!
It was the first job that I had gone through a formal induction training programme with trainers. This was a great introduction to Nua Healthcare as I really learnt a lot about social care and it gave me great insight into what Nua is all about. After successfully completing my induction, I went to Teach Folláine for my first day where I met the Operations Manager and his Deputy - both showed me around the centre and introduced me to the Residents and staff on shift at the time. Afterwards, they spent time with me explaining the overall running of the centre and how things work on a daily basis. Being that this was my first job in social care, I found this aspect a major help to me while I was settling in.
I really love my job in Nua. I find it really rewarding and I enjoy seeing those whom I support, get the best out of their life. Supporting vulnerable people is really rewarding. I can go home after work each day knowing that I have helped the Residents wherever I can, and that bit of help makes all the difference. It's great to be in a position to do this.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Marie. It is always interesting to read about our colleague's varied life journey's.
Assistant Support Worker