Meet Jo, who is our Team Manager for Beacon House, one of our services for homeless young people in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
I came to the UK from Poland after finishing my diploma in a Social Work and Rehabilitation. My first job was as a Support Worker in a residential setting, supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. After a few years, I moved to London to work as a Community Outreach Worker organising activities and workshops for young people. In 2011, I decided to focus my career on the homelessness sector and applied for a Support Worker role in one of the adults’ hostels in West London. Although I have enjoyed my work with adults, I felt that supporting young people would be more challenging and rewarding for me – so now I work for Evolve – making my dream come true!
From day one I have felt extremely welcomed and supported by everyone at Evolve! In the first week, I was told: “Don’t be afraid ask questions if you unsure what to do. At Evolve there are no stupid questions!”
It was great advice and it made me feel very confident and comfortable that I will fulfil my role’s expectations. Over time, I have realised that Evolve’s managers are not managers – they are leaders that inspire and motivate their teams. I believe that one day I will become an excellent leader and working for Evolve definitely drives me towards that goal.
I am a Team Manager at Beacon House, which is supported accommodation for 16 young people aged between 16-24. I lead the team and support staff to deliver the best possible service for our customers.
I really enjoy working with homeless young people in London, as no two days are the same – everyday there are different priorities and challenges and that’s what make my work interesting!
When you work for Evolve you feel empowered and there are a lot of opportunities for your development such as secondments, abroad placements, internal and external trainings, internal transfers or being a part of project that will boost your skills. What I like the most about Evolve is that you are able to use your personal interests/skills at work in order to benefit and support customers.
I am a huge animal lover and believe that having a pet is very beneficial for people. It would be my dream to manage a hostel where every customer owned a pet!
If you are considering working with homeless people in London, please see our vacancies page.