Laura’s Journey to Thera (Scotland)

Posted 10/06/2021

Read about how Laura started her job with Thera (Scotland)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everybody’s lives in so many aspects. Before arriving at Thera (Scotland), I was working in Santiago, Chile for a national newspaper and volunteering the rest of my free time in Fundación Abrázame, a foundation for children and teenagers in children’s homes.

This experience made me realise I had a passion for acting for change and social work. Due to COVID-19, I lost my job at the newspaper and I decided to leave Chile and move to Scotland which had always been a dream of mine.

Three months later, I embarked on a new journey to Edinburgh from where I started looking for a job, and I discovered Thera (Scotland).

When I read about Thera’s vision of supporting people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, I was convinced that I wanted to work there.

I applied to work in Inverness and after a few adventures on the way, I packed again and travelled to Inverness.

I started working at Thera (Scotland) in November and met two of the people I would be supporting.

As a Support Worker, I love the fact I know the people I support; their needs, likes and dislikes and that I can support them to make decisions and live the life they choose.

I have also recently been promoted to a Senior Support Worker and I am now very confident in my work thanks to my Team Coordinator and my colleagues supporting me. The possibilities of learning in social care are endless and it is an amazing experience to be a part of.