Stephen joined our Glasgow Hepatitis C team in 2017 after a year’s SVQ placement. We caught up with him to talk about his placement, his role with Waverley Care and his love of green tea!
How long have you worked with Waverley Care?
I started in August 2016 as a student, working towards an SVQ in health and social care. I got the opportunity to join the staff team in the summer and jumped at the chance.
What inspired you to get involved in the SVQ programme?
I’d worked lots of different jobs but hadn’t found anything that was rewarding. Working in healthcare had always appealed and the qualification was a chance of a career change.
Had you heard of Waverley Care before you started?
I’d heard of them, but didn’t know a lot about the specific services. I was looking at the different organisations offering the SVQ – services like addiction and homelessness – and Waverley Care stood out.
What was involved in your SVQ?
Over the course of the year, I had to work through eight units. I looked at the different parts of the role I’d be doing at Waverley Care – group work, one-to-one support, hospital assessment – and made choices that would support those skills. Taking the SVQ was a huge thing for me. It’s helped to build up my confidence and self-esteem, and I’m now doing a job I love.
You’ve now joined as a member of staff – how has that been?
I was made to feel like part of the team from day one so, to be honest, it’s a continuation. My work load has increased but the support has been brilliant all the way through. I know a few people who did the SVQ in other organisations where there wasn’t the same support, so I had an advantage.
What kind of challenges do you support clients with?
A major part of my work is to support people living with Hepatitis C to get to the right place physically and mentally to start treatment. There can be complex issues to address around mental health or a lack of support networks that can lead to people not wanting to engage.
What three items couldn’t you live without?
Green tea! I carry tea bags about with me just in case I’m caught short! My guitar as well, and a good book.
Who inspires you? I’m inspired by life in general – family, friends, colleagues. I like being positive and interacting with people. The job gives me a lot of that as well.