Hey Trish - it’s great to speak to you today. Could you kick things off by telling us about your new role and how you’re finding it?
Absolutely! I am a Prison Leavers Support Assistant at Llamau. It’s an in-house role where I support prison leavers as they move back into the community. I have a degree in Criminology and it felt like the perfect role with lots of transferable skills.
Since starting, I have to say that the training has been fantastic. It’s so thorough, especially between the e-learning and real-life experience; all bases really are covered. The staff have also been so welcoming and have actively encouraged me to ask questions and make suggestions.
The overall feel of working for Llamau is family and staff wellbeing above all else. The company has really demonstrated how seriously they take their staff's wellbeing and have so many provisions in place to support staff at every level.
I’ve been treated as if I've been part of the team for years. Everyone I've encountered has been friendly, kind and made me feel immediately at home within the company. During my induction, I've made friends who I now consider friends for life.
The work has been interesting so far. I've really enjoyed it but have found it a little hard to adapt. I've come from a very supportive environment before this job and working at Llamau, although support is always available for the service users, there is a massive encouragement of independence.
It's so nice to see the young people thriving and living their lives whilst also having access to support when they need it. There's a great balance.
Wow - it sounds like you jumped in with both feet from the word go! Could you tell us how you came to find Moxie and what challenges you were facing at the time?
I was working in an agency support based role and the shifts weren’t guaranteed. I loved the work while I was there, but it wasn’t reliable and I desperately wanted a permanent position. I also really wanted to utilise my criminology degree, but it’s hard to break into that area.
I had already spoken with Moxie around 6 months prior, so when I saw this role advertised under Moxie I immediately recognised them. This alleviated any nerves that might have been there, so I decided to enquire about the role.
And we’re so glad you did! What was it that made you decide that you wanted to work with us to find your dream role?
I’d already communicated with the Moxie team and it had been a really good experience, so it felt like an obvious opportunity to reach out again. The job itself was also incredibly appealing since it was still within the support sector but in a totally different area; one that I wanted to move into but just didn’t know how. Everything just felt right.