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by | Monday, August 10th, 2020 | News

Four Social Workers at Livewell Southwest are celebrating after successfully passing their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) with Livewell Southwest.

The ASYE is a nationally-recognised programme that gives newly qualified social workers extra support during their first year of employment while developing their skills, knowledge and professional confidence.

Roxy Hill, Danielle Jackson, Amy Rendall and Lindsey Tovey who are all Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) passed their AYSE in May despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reconfiguration of their roles during that time.

Kerry Dodd, Principal Social Worker at Livewell Southwest, said: “The Professional Practice and Workforce Development team including myself, Julie Waite and Lawrence Badman would like to congratulate and thank Roxy, Danielle, Amy and Lindsey for their hard work and commitment, especially during the Covid pandemic.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those managers, supervisors and colleagues who supported the NQSWs throughout the programme and the uncertainties that we were faced with.”

The ASYE programme awards the 4 Social Workers the ability to achieve a post qualification – Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice giving them academic credits to build on for future qualifications learning and development.

Previous ‘graduates’ include Cheri Pearson, Gareth Benjamin and Hannah Creasey who have all achieved national recognition by winning social work awards.

Amy Rendell who was placed in the response team during the Covid pandemic said: “I was over the moon to find out that I had passed the ASYE programme, it was the final stage before reaching my goal and I would have been devastated if I failed at the last hurdle.

“The year certainly had its challenges, particularly when it was announced we all had to work from home due to Covid. It was difficult being told we were all being moved teams, I was placed in the response team and sadly most of my previous team were placed in different areas.  Having an ASYE year really enabled me to learn my job role and eased me in slowly, with support in place. It gave me time to understand my role and learn all the processes involved in adult social care. I am very glad that I got the opportunity to do this.”

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