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Local businesses and Council teams share their experiences of Family Firm.

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Darren Cryans, Instant Impact Gardens

Any advice to businesses thinking about offering placements to care experienced young people but are nervous of how this would work?

In our case I would highly recommend trying the family firm placement out. It has worked out well for us and we have gained a very valuable member of our team - who is focussed and determined to better themselves through our assistance. It is nice to give back to the community as a business owner.

Has this placement resulted in any positive effects on your team?

This placement has had positive effects on our team and business as they have brought in new ideas and a very positive attitude considering their background.



Stephanie Allison, Pupil Support Assistant, St Mark's PrimaryYoung person Family Firm

How did you find the experience of being a mentor to a Family Firm placement?

I felt quite honoured to be asked to be a mentor to Emily*. The experience has been a very good one. It gave me confidence in my own work that they felt they could ask me to take on the job of mentor. Emily* is an enthusiastic girl and worked well with all children.

Any advice for other teams?

A suggestion would be to ask your young person to complete a weekly log/journal so that they could detail what they have been doing and learning within their role.

What would you say to encourage other teams to get involved in the programme?

It has been really nice working with the young person and supporting her development.


Colin Hutton, CommunicationsBusiness Family Firm

How did you find the experience of being a mentor to a Family Firm placement?

Having the opportunity to mentor this young person was a fantastic experience and gave me the opportunity to provide guidance and support to them. It was important that clear direction was given, although it also offered the chance for the young person to express themselves and develop new skills. The whole team played an important part in the development of the young person and they have proved to be a valuable asset during their time with us.

Learning / advice for other teams?

It is important to set out clear goals and tasks from the outset so that the young person knows what is expected of them. However, a flexible approach must also be taken to ensure any difficulties experienced during the process are managed in a sympathetic way. We found it useful to try to engage our young person in tasks which they find interesting and enjoyed, as this ensured enthusiasm when completing the task.

What would you say to encourage other teams to get involved in the programme?

Family Firm is a great opportunity to develop a young person and give them the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience which will support them into the world of work. It has been an extremely rewarding process and I would encourage as many teams as possible to get involved.


Paul Holland, Prevention Team ManagerPrevention team - Family Firm

Tell us about your Family Firm placement

Our placement's attitude was fantastic, despite her facing several challenges due to disability and learning difficulties, she was a valued member of the team with a great work ethic.

Has this placement resulted in any positive effects on your team?

The extra support freed the team up to concentrate on their projects. It provided team members with some supervisory experience, supporting and encouraging. Eleanor Griffiths helped as a mentor, passing on her excellent administrative knowledge and ensuring she was capable of completing her tasks.

Any examples of challenges overcome?

Her communication skills and confidence increased significantly. 

Any advice to teams thinking about offering placements to Family Firm candidates but are nervous of how this would work?

Ask for a meeting with people who know the young person in advance of the start.  The more you know about them the more you can support them.

How did Emma Aeppli, Family Firm Coordinator's role help manage the placement?

Emma kept us informed and continually offered support.

 

Eleanor Griffiths, Prevention Team and assigned mentor

How did you find the experience of being a mentor to a Family Firm placement?

I enjoyed being a mentor, it was rewarding seeing the difference in her confidence and being able to cope with situations she never thought possible.

Any advice for other teams?

I would advise them to be patient and understand that personal issues may play a part in the young person's attitude and ability.

What would you say to encourage other teams to get involved in the programme?

Take a chance, making a difference to someone and watch them become an integral part of the team could be a major asset to their business.

 

Jeff Wilson, Prevention Team Member

What effect did having a Family Firm placement have on the dynamics of the team?

Brought us together to support and encourage her.

What would you say to encourage other teams to get involved in the programme?

It can be very rewarding for all involved but appreciate that allowances may need to be made to ensure they develop and grow in confidence. You need to keep an open mind and put their needs first. Make sure the young person is given suitable tasks and support to complete them.

 


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