Senior Transitions Advisor Faye applied to Kibble for the opportunity to support young care leavers. Her advice to potential applicants interested in joining Kibble, is to reach out to existing members of staff to gain a true understanding of how much support our services provide.
What did you do before Kibble?
I was a Project Co-ordinator with South Ayrshire Befriending Project, which involved working with young people, who had limited support at home. The project aimed to develop confidence, teach essential life skills and gain independence in a variety of settings.
My previous role involved recruiting and training volunteer befrienders and creating and managing new strands to the service.
How long have you worked at Kibble?
I started my post as Transition Advisor in October 2018, and I was then promoted to Senior Transition Advisor on the Positive Transitions for Care Leavers project in April 2019..
What made you want to work for Kibble?
I really enjoyed my previous role working at South Ayrshire Befriending Project and had learned a lot over the six years, but when I saw an opportunity to work with a greater number of young people -which only a substantial organisation such as Kibble can do – and start a brand new project I had to apply.
Can you give us an overview of your role at Kibble and what area you work in? Please explain about the service?
Kibble’s Transitions project is part funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government. It’s a service dedicated to care experience young people aged 16 – 29 years, residing in one of the eight local authorities the Transitions Team offers outreach in – Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire.
In my role I support young people, who have left care or are transitioning out of care to sustain their positive destinations, whether that be a work placement, full-time or part-time employment, training course, apprenticeship or further education such as college or university. I am a point of contact and provide bespoke support, guidance and work in partnership with other services in the community for issues such as debt management, budgeting, benefits, managing a tenancy, mental health and health and wellbeing.
I am also responsible for designing, developing and overseeing all aspects of project activity and work closely with the staff team to ensure successful outcomes for the young people supported to ensure the project’s continuing success.
What is the best thing about working in Kibble. Tell us one thing you love about your job?
As Senior Transition Advisor, I have been able to work in two roles. I deal with the administration, gathering of evidence, producing reports and overall evaluation of the project. The other part to my role allows me to still work one-to-one with young people and see them progress over time and achieve. It’s the best of both worlds.
Can you share a defining moment or story about your time at Kibble?
There are quite a few defining moments from my time at Kibble…
As with any new project, there is always a period of development and outreach. This task can sometimes discourage staff who have never created or developed projects – not me though. I enjoy new challenges and was proud to work on the project..
I have been carrying out a structured evaluation in addition to my regular reviews, speaking to the young people I have supported so far and gaining their feedback which has been overwhelmingly positive. It not only reveals the need for this support but also highlights that there could be opportunities to work with even more young people and this makes the hard work worthwhile and staff even more determined to continue to grow the project, as a team, which is very exciting.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of joining Kibble?
To those thinking of joining Kibble, I would advise anyone to contact existing staff members at Kibble to ask questions. This is the best way to understand how much support Kibble provides to not only vulnerable children and young people but also the staff who work for the organisation.
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