Enabling The vulnerable

It’s been a while. It actually feels like its been forever.

The job I started way back in late February of this year, has not only taken up most of my time, it’s also effected how I look at and see people, and I mean REALLY SEE people.

I took this job because I thought I could help those who truly need help, stupidly or naively believing I could perhaps make a difference, however small the difference.

It’s kind of strange, a foolish kluge, a conundrum that makes my attempts to sleep at night a real struggle. Yet, it’s the most fruitless and rewarding job I’ve ever undertaken throughout my working life. It’s a brilliant, cruel nightmare that never stops spewing out rewards and failures and triumphs at the exact same moment. And I love it.

The team I work with are very experienced and a little bit cynical, but brilliant at what they do and always give it one hundred percent.

This is just a very brief post before I try to make some time to actually write again, which is what I love to do.

By the way, my job title is Enablement Worker, supposedly employed by the local council to enable those who need to find the motivation to restart their lifes. The experiences I’ve had so far have altered how I see life and view other people.

Some of us really are very fortunate and I’ll begin to write about the people I support and help when I find the time and motivation. I hope everyone is safe, well and happy.

60 thoughts on “Enabling The vulnerable

  1. Maybe the cynicism is a kind of self protection against the failures in spite of giving 100 percent at all times. I heard the same about other health workers, nurses and doctors, when they talk among themselves.
    But you love it, and that is the important thing!
    Cheers from Denmark.

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      1. Thanks for asking. Not been great tbh – I’ve had a spell in hospital but am being well looked after at home now – the services have linked up well to support me. Nothing life-threatening! At least it gave people a couple of weeks’ rest from my blog posts πŸ˜‰

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  2. That was so thought provoking John. Kluge is a new word to me, love it! I’m very ready to hear some broader detail about your work. It just so happens that after a whole year in pressing for help for my Dad from Adult Social Care, they have allocated him a Re-enablement team for 6 weeks’ assessment and care. Is that linked to what you do? They are all very skilled at their work, and a pleasure to be around. Really looking forward to another post.

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    1. Great to hear from you mate. Yes, that’s exactly it. Re-enablement and enablement are the same thing. But at the moment we’re being allocated people who are in a really bad place mentally. Good to know that your dad is finally getting some help mate πŸ‘

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  3. I think it’s absolutely fantastic what you do. It sounds very similar to my role with a local charity (odd to call it that when it was mostly government funded) working with the community. Fruitless yet so rewarding, just like you said. It changes your view on people and life, it makes you work harder than ever to get results for the vulnerable individuals you meet, sometimes it’s awful and sometimes it’s amazing, and it’s the best feeling ever. I was heartbroken when I was let go from that role because of ongoing surgeries. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do. Every action you take, whether you realise it or not, makes a difference. You should be very proud.

    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you Caz 😊 You’re absolutely spot on, it’s very difficult but very rewarding when things go well.
      Sorry to hear you had to stop doing it for health reasons. Hope you’re feeling a little better?

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      1. Very rewarding indeed. It’s also quite rare, from the people I’ve spoken to anyway, to find those who can actually say they like their job, let alone love it.

        Yeah, sadly I tried to hold on to my job for as long as I could but they let me go because of ongoing surgeries. They always said they’d take me back in a heartbeat (unsurprising as I was the lowest paid but took on the highest caseload and the most difficult cases, but I loved those difficult ones). I always thought things would just get better with my health but they never did, they just got worse. So they did the right thing in the end.

        Anyway, enough about me. Don’t mean to put a damper on this. I think it’s fantastic what you’re doing so I’ll look forward to reading a little more about it in future if you do get that spark to blog about it on here! πŸ™‚

        Caz x

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      2. I had a surgery in 2015 that went horribly. Before then, I “just” had tummy issues but I’d always held down jobs, social life, relationships etc. The surgery changed all of that. I ended up with a stoma bag, nerve damage, ridiculous pain in my hips and back from screws in my back which is why I’ve not sat in a regular chair for the last 6 years. an autoimmune reaction like an allergy to an implant in my body so I’ve got a weakened immune system, Sjogrens, permanent lung damage from various infections, etc.

        Too much to bore you with but you get the idea. I went into the surgery with one issue, came out with a hundred and counting. There’s a handful of legal cases against this surgeon now and a lot of hoo-ha over the surgery I had with many believing it should be banned. Seven surgeries later and I’m still waiting for two more and no sight of things getting any better.

        Wish you didn’t ask now? πŸ˜‰

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    2. Caz, you have had a lot to endure, but manage to have a positive outlook. My fiance, Robert, has post-polio,, multiple chemical sensitivities from childhood exposure to DDT, fibromyalgia, asthma from a botched lung surgery, sleep disorders, digestive problems, and a whole host of other issues. Living with him, for eight years, I have seen his daily struggles, yet he takes care of me and makes me laugh every day. Your story reminds me of him. I wish you all the best. ❀

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      1. Wow, your husband has been very greedy with all those health issues. Sounds like he’s been through the wringer with it all, as have you by his side because such experiences affect those around you, too. He sounds like an amazing guy to keep a graceful attitude and a cracking sense of humour πŸ’œ Sending my best wishes to you both, right back at’cha πŸ€— xx

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    1. Teaching is another one of those making-a-difference jobs. When I was little, I’d had some awful teachers. Then, age 11 or so, I had a wonderful teacher. Nobody else seemed to like her much but I thought she was amazing. That made me want to be a teacher as my plan B, so I could be like her in inspiring and helping at least one other kid. I’m not sure if she ever realised the effect she had on me. I bet that, in addition to the good you know you did, your role made a positive impact in ways you’ll never be fully aware of too πŸ’œ

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      1. Hi Cheryl. I think I replied. I think it’s amazing that you met a person who had such an impact on your choice of profession.
        At the moment, I’m not sure I’m actually having a positive impact, but I’m doing my best.

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  4. I was a social worker and understand your love for the work itself. I did it for thirty plus years and I never burned out. A scientific detachment was my strength I think, because I would always get very involved with my clients at the same time. Professionalism and doing a good job, whatever it is, is always rewarding.

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      1. OK. Research generally shows that therapy is ineffective. So you can’t expect to succeed. Still, you can help, and you never know when what you do actually helps. Your being there already helps The main thing is to enjoy people and enjoy your work. Despite the difficulties, especially with the “system”, you can still do a good job.

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