Bonny 2019-03-01T12:17:42+01:00

Bonny works as an agency worker in the Looked After Children team at South Gloucestershire Council.

What were your first impressions on joining South Gloucestershire Council?
I did have some apprehension before I started about whether as a contractor I would truly feel part of the team. Adding to the uncertainty, my first week in the job coincided with the start of an Ofsted inspection!

I needn’t have worried. Whilst there was the usual flurry of activity that comes with an inspection, everyone still had time to make me feel welcome. I felt settled straight away.

What was it that made you feel so settled?
I just felt really supported from day one. There’s a great team spirit and a culture where our skills, experience and expertise are recognised.

Our team is a very diverse group, but I think we’re very good at tapping into each other’s skills and knowledge to deliver the best for the young people and families we work with. Even though I’m agency, I’m encouraged to go on training courses, I have discussions with my manager about my development and my career – I feel like people are interested in what I have to offer over the long term.

What does South Gloucestershire Council offer agency workers?
We’re not seen any differently from anyone else.

South Gloucestershire offers very approachable managers and supportive colleagues. We have difficult decisions to make, but I never feel like I’m alone; I know I can always go to my manager and ask for advice and that his door will always be open.

Also, it may seem like a very minor thing, but I like our offices. They’re modern, bright and airy, but more importantly, the teams we work with are primarily on one site. If I need help or information from another team, I can go and speak to them in person, meaning I can deliver a better, more timely response.

Our staff say...

My manager has always helped me to find the time to continue my learning

JP
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As a newly qualified I feel I’m trusted to take charge of my work, but at the same time am fully supported – both developmentally and emotionally – with regular group supervision.

Callum
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I feel safe and reassured. My manager is knowledgeable and approachable, knows my cases and children and has my back.

Claire
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The council’s ambition was clear from my very first days in the job.

Paul
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There’s a great team spirit, which I think is due in no small part to the relationships we have with our managers and service managers.

Sarah
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My priorities are straightforward. Doing all I can to ensure we are delivering high quality, child-centred practices, which ensure the best outcomes for children.

Sonya
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I felt really supported from day one. There’s a great team spirit and a culture where our skills, experience and expertise are recognised.

Bonny
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