Posted on: Friday 11 March 2022
Getting a job with Torfaen Council’s social care teams can be the start of a long and varied career.
Louise Perkin first joined the council as a care assistant in 1996 but, after working in a number of different roles and being supported to study for a degree, she is now a social worker specialising in adult mental health.
She is now urging anyone interested in a career in social care to sign up to Torfaen Council’s virtual recruitment event next week.
Louise, 48, from Newport, said: “My first job with Torfaen Council was a care assistant providing personal care to people with complex needs so they could attend day activities and give their families much needed respite.
“I have always enjoyed helping people in need, so I decided to become a support worker with the mental health team supporting people in crisis. It was working alongside social workers in the team that inspired me to become one.”
Louise went on to complete a Diploma in Social Work and got a job as a social worker with the council’s Older Persons Mental Health Team.
Fast forward a few years, Louise is now a team leader supporting the Mental Health and East Cwmbran Wellbeing teams, supporting other social workers.
Louise added: “Torfaen Council has supported me by giving me the opportunities I needed to develop and learn.
“Their investment in my development has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills and work in a career that I love. Torfaen has a culture of support and development that I have been privileged to be a part of.”
If you would like to find out more about the varied roles and opportunities on offer in Torfaen Council’s social care teams, sign up for our virtual social care recruitment day on Tuesday 15 March to mark Work Social Work Day.
The Facebook event will be live between 4pm and 8pm, and will include features about different roles, career advice and all the latest vacancies.