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Why the #LivingWage matters: Dionne's story

Posted: 2016-10-18 09:21:21

Why the #LivingWage matters: Dionne's story

Before starting my position with Who Cares? Scotland, I was a full time parent to my son, Jayden. It’s amazing being a full time parent but I was used to working and needed to find that something for me again.

 

When the position at Who Cares? Scotland became available I was more than ready to get back into the world of work again. Once I had the support of my Gran for childcare and Jayden began attending nursery, I felt Who Cares? Scotland was the perfect place for me to be.

 

I first heard about the organisation through being a part of a group called Young Voice. This was a group run by young people in care for young people in care and we shared our stories to try and positively influence the care system. It was through Young Voice that I learned about advocacy and began working with my Who Cares? Scotland advocacy worker Ray, who I can now call my colleague. I already felt that Who Cares? Scotland was a part of my life and I knew I’d be back with them at some point; it was just a matter of when!

 

My role within Who Cares? Scotland is Corporate Parenting Admin Assistant but it is so much more! I have participated in training days, telling my story and I have been lucky enough to be part of the first ever care hustings on #CareDay, which was remarkable. I have gained so much knowledge through my role and the support I receive within my position is phenomenal.

 

In previous jobs, with previous employers, I have often not felt supported, I have struggled to cover child care costs and transport costs when earning minimum wage. Working for Who Cares? Scotland, who are an accredited Living Wage employer, I now feel like an equal partner within my family unit.
 

I come to work and feel like I can contribute fully to my team, I don’t need to worry about if I can afford to get to work from one day to the next, or if I can afford child care. I can focus fully on my job, making a difference for care experienced people across Scotland and bettering myself.

 

I chose the Corporate Parenting team as I feel this is where I could make the biggest impact. Telling my story and being in front of the people who can make the changes and being able to challenge them to improve their service for people within the care system is really rewarding. I feel that by working together and enabling corporate parents to listen to young people who have been through care, we can achieve the changes that are needed.

 

What I like most about being involved in Who Cares? Scotland is the feeling of being a part of something amazing. I feel the purpose behind the Corporate Parenting team is to provide a unique opportunity for Corporate Parents to involve themselves with the work we do. The relationships within Who Cares? Scotland and the support I receive in and out with my role are indescribable and have given me so much more confidence as a person.

 

Within my place of work, I feel motivated, supported, valued and generally a much happier person. I am currently on maternity leave as my partner and I have recently welcomed our second son into the family.

 

I look forward to returning to work in the new year – to a workplace that I know values me and is investing in mine and my families well-being. In addition to paying me the living wage, I am also being afforded the opportunity to finish my SVQ, these investments in me, mean that I have a greater sense of independence.
 

But most importantly, provides me with security and stability – two things which growing up in care, were often missing in my life but as a mother myself I am determined to provide for my own children.

Dionne will tell her story at the LIving Wage Expo on October 31 in Glasgow. You can book your free place now. 

 

 

 

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