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Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:36 pm
by RDR
+2.
I suppose the obvious question might be, did you meet her on a train?

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:50 pm
by tobester
Thank you all.

Sadly bar is closed, and i didnt meet her on the train, knew her from my safeway days

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 9:36 am
by mercury
It's my birthday. :wink:

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 1:47 pm
by banjo
happy biffday to you mercury,many happy returns. :D

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 11:09 pm
by mercury
banjo wrote:happy biffday to you mercury,many happy returns. :D

Ta, just back from a wee bash at the Blythswood Hotel. :D 8)

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:16 pm
by InkMan
I always celebrate this day. My Facebook post explains why:

Nine years ago today I left a full time, permanent position within the Civil Service in order to take up a position in Social Care. I was leaving a job with thirty days annual leave per year, thirteen days public holidays, an enhanced rate of pay when working past 18:15 or on weekends so I could take up a position supporting five adults in a residential setting. I gave it all up, and thus the opportunity of asking for a voluntary redundancy package, for a position of a nine month contract. After gaining that experience I was unemployed for a short time before joining my present company - which I never mention online so I ask that no one else does - where I have spent the last eight years supporting children and young adults who have additional support needs.

I still earn less than I did in 2007 and even if - and that is a big if - my company does go through with their promise to pay staff working with children the living wage of £8.25 (a rise from the offensive £7.62 per hour I walk away with just now) this will still be less than what I left.

Even though support staff at times seem to have less employment rights than the fucking pit ponies that work down Seth Dingle's illegal asbestos mine and work for a pittance of a financial reward I don't care. I am so proud to be a Support Worker. The level of training I receive means that I am trusted to work, at times, with people who have life threatening, life limiting or colossal level of healthcare needs. Last year a colleague and I assisted in what was a critical incident and the young persons parents credited us for saving their childs life.

Unfortunately due to the level of healthcare needs I can think of at least thirteen young people who I worked with regularly that have passed away. Sometimes degenerative conditions robs and continues to rob ability from kids until the last thing that is stolen in their lives.

That aside I would not change one thing. I am not blessed with a huge amount of confidence but I have been told that I burst with pride and enthusiasm when people discuss work with me.
Even though I have been booted in the balls, even though I have had a pool cue chucked at me and even though a kid once said "you are a fat, smelly poof .........and your Mum is in the jail" my worst day isn't something I would exchange for any of the fantastic memories I have in the Civil Service.

Can I ask that people consider sharing this please? Social Care is such an amazing and rewarding profession but it is one that if often overlooked; particularly by men. Whereas in my career in the Civil Service when it was noted from their regular diversity checks that there was a disproportionate small number of gay people applying for work so started to advertise and recruit in gay friendly magazines this courtesy is not ever extended to magazines or online forums where mostly men frequent.
Social Care is fantastic and I am fortunate to work with incredible colleagues, great families and have had the most wonderful times with the children I support.

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:41 pm
by banjo
I met Robert poole today.hg legend and all round good egg.would have chatted longer but he really did need to pee,bless him. ::):

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:37 pm
by Sharon
InkMan, you are one of the angels that we all have to thank for standing up in what must be really challenging situations, and its great to know you find that very challenge ultimately rewarding. I know its not something I could ever do, and its really inspiring to hear the positives that you experience. Continue to be proud. Better financial reward wouldn't hurt too I'm sure though!

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:22 pm
by InkMan
Sharon wrote:InkMan, you are one of the angels that we all have to thank for standing up in what must be really challenging situations, and its great to know you find that very challenge ultimately rewarding. I know its not something I could ever do, and its really inspiring to hear the positives that you experience. Continue to be proud. Better financial reward wouldn't hurt too I'm sure though!


Not sure if I am an angel but I certainly appreciate the compliment. Again the emotional reward is just amazing,

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:13 am
by RDR
InkMan wrote:
Sharon wrote:InkMan, you are one of the angels that we all have to thank for standing up in what must be really challenging situations, and its great to know you find that very challenge ultimately rewarding. I know its not something I could ever do, and its really inspiring to hear the positives that you experience. Continue to be proud. Better financial reward wouldn't hurt too I'm sure though!


Not sure if I am an angel but I certainly appreciate the compliment. Again the emotional reward is just amazing,


I retired from near on 40 years of a Healthcare career, last year. I left frankly disillusioned and depressed with where it has all gone. Despite the improvements in outcomes and technical achievements, the whole thing is so mired in political interference and careerism by those who have little interest in the actual job to make it at times a desperately difficult place to work.

Guy's like you are actually what it should be all about and without you the whole service would be so much worse. I cannot stress how much admiration I have for you, especially in a sector which is still very much a poor relation of other healthcare sectors.

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:55 am
by banjo
its my birthday today and I'm off to the golf through at Bellshill to play in the seniors open,yippee. :D

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:36 am
by mercury
banjo wrote:its my birthday today and I'm off to the golf through at Bellshill to play in the seniors open,yippee. :D

Happy Birthday. Remember to wear two pairs of trousers, in case you get a hole in one. :D

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:36 pm
by Doorstop
Happy Birthday Banjo .. hope it went well.

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:04 pm
by banjo
cheers bigstuff,it did.off away for a couple of days to kilchattan bay now to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow. :D

Re: Not really interesting facts about yourself

PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:38 pm
by Lucky Poet
I don't think I've ever met such a curious fuck-up of a year as 2016.

If we turn it off and on again will it be ok?