Name: Fay Hunter
Job role: Tutor and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Time at R.E.A.L.: 5 years
What do you like about working with children and young people?
I have always found it very rewarding. The young people I work with are interesting and each one of them has their own story to tell. They are fun to be around and being privileged enough to be involved in seeing them and helping them to develop into successful young adults is incredible.
What does your job involve?
My job is extremely varied. Each student I work with has a personalised programme developed to support them in every area needed. I teach anything from curriculum based subjects to supporting in volunteer placements, vocational subjects and my personal favourite – wellbeing!
A lot of my learners have been out of mainstream education for a long period of time so finding new and interesting ways to engage them is always an exciting challenge.
As the wellbeing coordinator it is my role to ensure that all learners that come to R.E.A.L. have the best support possible from those they work with in developing and supporting their wellbeing. This involves tracking and monitoring individuals and then using either specific activities or specially developed support to help them.
At REAL we pride ourselves in being child centred and our wellbeing work ensures that no young person feels unwanted or just another name on a sheet. The wellbeing work helps young people to engage, not only in education but also in the community around them and supports the building of positive relationships both within REAL and at home.
What’s it like working for R.E.A.L.?
I have never worked anywhere like R.E.A.L. before. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is like a big family. The support I have been given by my colleagues since I began working with them is outstanding. The directors take a personal interest in knowing each member of staff which means you always feel supported and valued.
There are lots of opportunities within R.E.A.L. to explore your own abilities and the opportunities I have been given to support my own career development have been brilliant.
At R.E.A.L. you are encouraged to involve yourself in developments and they like you to use your initiative and share ideas. I love the fact that every day is different and I genuinely look forward to going to work.
Working for R.E.A.L. means that I never have to worry about having nobody to turn to as I know that if I ever need help I can ask, I will not be judged but I will be listened to, supported and no doubt be given a cup of tea in the process!
Anything else you would like to add?
It’s refreshing to be involved somewhere that takes so much interest in not only the young people but also their families AND their staff!