“I was only 20 years old when I joined Cornerstone, I worked in a nursing home for 6 months prior to joining. Before that I was at college for 2 years studying a GSVQ in care level 3 and then an HNC in Social Care. One of my placements for my HNC was with Cornerstone, up until this time I thought I wanted to work with the elderly but working in the service, supporting people with a learning disability, really changed my direction. I found it so enjoyable and rewarding.
"I was a Support Worker for 9 years before having the opportunity to take up a Trainee Manager’s role for a year. This lead to a period as an acting Service Manager when my line manager retired before securing a permanent Service Managers position.
"A typical day in my role can involve liaising with Care Managers, day centre staff and other health professionals, carrying out reviews and advising staff on training. The best part of the job is spending time with the people we support. I have many memorable moments from the job including watching one of the guys from my service take part in the Olympic torch relay. I also have fond memories of going on holidays with the people we support.
"I would tell someone interested in working for Cornerstone to go for it. I believe Cornerstone to be a good employer and I certainly have no regrets. I would let them know that if they want it, there is certainly the opportunity to develop a career with Cornerstone.”
“I was at University doing a BA Honours in Commerce. I then became a Community Service Volunteer in Aberdeen working with a physically disabled person in their own home. I really
enjoyed this and saw a job advertised with Cornerstone, applied and got it. I have since worked my way up from Support Worker to a Service Manager.
"This was not a career I had ever thought of, I just sort of fell into it. I realised that I enjoyed caring for people and believed in promoting their independence and helping them to enjoy their
"The best bit of the job for me is the variety of the work. In any one day I could be completing checks, dealing with emails/phone calls, rota management, liaising with other professionals,
"I enjoy seeing people achieve their potential and the interaction with the people we support, when I was a Support Worker I found going away on holidays with the people wesupport great fun.
"There is a great deal of variety here at Cornerstone and opportunities do come along where you can progress your career. If you are committed to Cornerstone’s aim, vision and values, are open to change and new ideas to improve how we work, then this is a hugely rewarding job!”
“I left school when I was 15 and started working in Fine Fare, now known as Asda where I worked my way up to be Grocery Manager. I later opened a licensed grocery shop with my in-laws. Not far from the shop there was a flat in which two people were being supported by Cornerstone, they both came into the shop on a regular basis which is how I heard of the charity.
"I built up a good relationship with the staff and people they supported and one day looking through the paper I saw an advert for Cornerstone looking for Support Workers. I had always wanted to be a Social Worker but unfortunately was not really a great scholar so didn’t pursue this career. I felt this was a great chance to try again. I applied and got a job part time, eventually getting a full time contract. I stayed in that role for about 3 years then moved to a further two services as Team Leader. I am now a Service Manager on a permanent basis.
"A typical day in my role involves making sure all the systems we have in place are in order and relevant to the service needs. The best bits of the job are helping to sort things out for the people we support and the staff. I think just being in the service for everyone and knowing that you are helping with the niggles of the day.
"One memorable moment which stands out for me involves supporting a lady with a lot of trust issues and challenging behaviour. It was a fantastic moment for me when the lady trusted me enough to give me a key for her craft room, this was such a break through.
"A second memorable moment involves the same lady, when her wish came true of getting married. I walked her down the isle and gave her away, it was a blessing done by a minister and we had a 3 course meal in a hotel and a party at night. This was one of the best things I have ever achieved in my role, it was very much a team effort and a very proud moment, I even had to do a speech, it was just a really fantastic day for everyone.”