Aberlour Childcare Trust Employee Reviews
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If you are working for this company any where apart from Dumfrise and Galloway congratulations you have a good job for a nice company. If it’s in DnG however unlucky. The manager is awful. The rest of the team are amazing and job would be great otherwise but the manger ruins it. Talks to you like a child and treats you with contempt. The centre while I was there was open evening and weekends the rota for this was badly managed so the work life balance was poor. Contracts are rarely over a year long so little job security. The pay isn’t great with no chance of paid overtime with TOIL being used instead. Overall avoid this company in DnG else where go ahead and enjoy.
Supporting great people/families
Good company to work for if I’m the right home. Management can be very one sided. Children are lovely but also challenging. Worked for this company for 2 years and loved it until moved to a certain home. Some staff think it’s their way or the high way.
Helping make a difference to the young people
Some staff. Long hours
I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer working for Aberlour Childcare Trust. As a peer mentor, I gained transferable skills that enabled me to become a successful and compassionate individual.
Helping children become active members of their community.
When I joined, the peer mentoring was a new programme so could have been improved.
an amazing team, passionate staff who are all hard working individuals, a place where I can feel positive about the work and care that is being provided. management are helpful and promote good morals and values for the company and how myself as a staff member works and promotes high quality care.
being able to support vurnable children
long hours, stressful at times, emotional job
Working st aberlour there was additional courses really available and company were very child orientated. The job was hard but very rewarding. The management at time could act difficult and there was a lot of management chances and swaps of location
Good working hours and good additional courses
Management could be difficult
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Good working day starts with wake up of children getting them ready for school. Can be challenging depending on what's going on with certain children/young people. Staff work well together individually and as a team. Managers support their staff well and the culture of the home is one of nurturing. The hardest part of the job is seeing the children/young people trying to have a sense of normality when they arrive as new service users, the trauma that they have endured has been very traumatic indeed usually the sense of loss and being taken from their parents care. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the children/young people grow and develop while they are in your care.
seeing children grow and develop
Worked for ACCT for 9 years and found it to be a fantastically inspiring organisation. As with all third sector environments we had our ups and downs in relation to change....but Aberlour had the foresight to stay ahead of that change. Every member of staff does the job for the right reasons and are 100% committed to the organisational cause. If you have the right mindset there are plenty of opportunities to move around the organisations many fantastic services. This is a children's charity that although not very well known....punches way above its weight in terms of influence, culture and outcomes. Highly recommended!!!!
People, outcomes and values
There are none if you keep an open mind and stay future focussed!
Mentoring independently and taking part in group activities.The hardest part is learning and helping individuals overcome or deal with their situations and also helping build confidence,self esteem,motivation and trust.
Great place to work, best bit about it going out with children and having fun and encouraging them to do things they may never of had the chance of doing, can sometimes be hard going. All of the staff are easy to get on with and will try their best to help with anything your not sure on!
A typical day at work would be working shifts. During this shift you would be dealing with residents who may have chaotic behaviour due to illicit drug use. During my experience working there I learned to be non judgemental and helping mothers to overcome addiction. The staff were a great support as were the management. The hardest part of the job was seeing babies withdraw from illicit substances. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing families reunited and known you have made a difference for there future.
Very rewarding work with children and young people who have experienced trauma and neglect. A tough job where you can be regularly exposed to extremely challenging behaviour. Ok access to internal training and good access to regular mandatory training. Salary is not bad in comparison to other social care charities and local authorities. Quite poor in terms of job security, progression and support through supervision/performance development. Good camaraderie between staff at ground level. Can work long shifts and feel pressured to work outwith your contracted hours. Lack of clarity and communication between some levels of management.