I began my first-year social work placement with North Yorkshire Horizons’ Northallerton hub in February.
As a mature student with a background almost entirely within the statutory sector and no factual knowledge of alcohol or drug issues I had no expectations. Thinking back to my first day the enduring memory is that within 20 minutes of walking through the door I had begun my education in harm reduction. The team were extremely knowledgeable, kind and friendly. I shadowed extensively in the early weeks and each staff member have their own style.
Over time, I really began to appreciate the depth of knowledge with the treatment, Recovery and Mentoring and Clinical teams. The empathy and interpersonal skills I have witnessed have been immeasurable. Working in a service which is service user led has given me a whole new skill set. Seeing how this project delivers person centred and solution focused theories and help service users achieve their goals has been a real education. I have witnessed collaborative working, which previously I had been sceptical about. Having had the luxury of been able to spend time with service users I know how much they value the services provided and the impact they can have on their lives.
As a student, I feel privileged I have been in such a supportive placement, where I have learnt so much. My view of the voluntary sector has completely changed. Finally, I would like to say thank you very much to all the staff at Northallerton.Back to News