Through the night

Robert Wood – Hostel Waking Night Staff

For the last 12 months I have been working through the night ensuring that the young people in the hostel are safe and have someone to talk to if needed. I am sad to be leaving but excited about the future – getting married and starting a new job in Lincolnshire.

Through the time I have worked at the Centre I have been wowed by the opportunities offered to both internal and external clients to progress. From the offering of ESOL classes right down to music workshops and life skills. I have first hand seen clients benefit and improve from these chances.

Never before have I worked with such a diverse range of clients all in one place. The Cardinal Hume Centre has clients from all over the world. This has helped me develop my interpersonal skills vastly and is helping me into my new job in Lincolnshire. Had I not had this chance and experience I doubt my skills and knowledge would have developed as they have.

It’s not just the clients that make the Centre but also the staff. In my time here I have experienced the best support from both frontline staff and management compared to previous jobs its second to none. I have also seen the funny and sometimes quirky sides to staff at the centre too. Whether it be the line manager with a great liking for Doctor Who or the Hostel Manager who likes to highlight the fact of my Essex origins.

A saying I once read states “if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life”. Since being at the Cardinal Hume Centre I have enjoyed every night. Not always easy and straight forward but never have I not wanted to come in. I can honestly say I have never had to work a day since I have been here.