Beth has been part of the Lendrick Muir team since 2017. She’s taken some time out of her busy day to talk about her role as a SCHOOL’S Centre Support Worker.
Sum of the job of Centre Support Worker in one sentence!
Helping, in whatever way I can, to provide a space for children and young people to grow and learn and hopefully experience Jesus’ love.
Is there such thing as a typical day? If so, how would you describe it?
I’m not sure if there is a “typical” day! When we have schools on site, you can usually find the Schools team out taking photographs of the groups on the activities, setting out water/snack breaks, supervising dining rooms at meal times, leading Time for Reflection sessions, editing photographs, helping out on ACTIVITIES or welcoming or saying farewell to a School group. We may even find time to sneak in a cuppa in between everything!
What previous experiences have you had that you’ve found useful in your current job?
I had worked in a church doing a lot of children’s and youth work, working with kids from a wide range of backgrounds. I have always enjoyed being creative and taking photographs, which has been super useful in my role on the Schools Team.
Have there been any unexpected jobs you’ve done since joining the Schools Team as a Centre Support Worker?
You’ll often hear me saying, “Every day’s a school day!” I’ve tried my hand at being a tour guide at our Fun Day – channelling my inner historian! I have designed flyers and shop displays – and hidden mannequins in random places to scare team members. I’ve learned to instruct Archery…and a lot more!
What has been a highlight for you in your job?
I have loved seeing children come to Lendrick Muir and thrive in the environment here, particularly those who don’t necessarily enjoy being in a classroom. I love hearing about the fears and challenges that they have overcome and chatting to them about anything from the random pranks they’ve played on their friends while they’ve been here, to the reason I believe in God.
What would be your top tips for someone joining the Lendrick Muir Team as a Centre Support Worker?
- Have fun! One of the things I love about working at Lendrick Muir is the fun we have as a team while we work.
- Expect the unexpected and embrace the mundane. As a Centre Support Worker, you can be involved in a whole bunch of different aspects of the running of the centre. Every day can be different and you can end up doing something completely random. You can find yourself spending a day cleaning bathrooms or sweeping up leaves, which may not be exciting, but it’s just as important. God sees all of it! Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.”
- God has given you many gifts. I would encourage you to work out what those gifts are and find ways to use them as you serve Him.
If the Lendrick Muir Team is something you’d like to be part of, visit the JOBS page on SU SCOTLAND’S website to look for our current vacancies. Or get involved by becoming a Lendrick Muir VOLUNTEER!