As promised here is a blog from one of our past students Lee Gallacher;
“I was a final year student when I was allocated Anchor House as my final placement. Throughout my time at Anchor House I worked alongside a great team of dedicated workers who made my experience not only a great learning opportunity but also one of my most enjoyable periods of university career. I was welcomed into the team and made to feel valued as a member of the team and not a student social worker. This allowed me to feel comfortable from the beginning ultimately allowing me to maximise my learning.
I worked with a large range of clients throughout my time at Anchor house learning something different from each. This variety makes Anchor House in my opinion an outstanding practice learning opportunity for a university student. The opportunity to work both within the temporary accommodations units and as part of the out-reach team provided me with an opportunity to develop my communication skills in different settings and also when working with other organisations. It also enabled me to gain an understanding of the challenges that service users face when living in the community which can lead to becoming homeless.
Now fully qualified and working as a children and families social worker, it has become clear the effect that my time at Anchor House has had on my ability as a social work practitioner. Although I am now working with children and their families the skills I developed when at Anchor House have been easily transferrable. I believe the understanding I gained of the challenges facing families living in the community in relation to housing, poverty and social exclusion have provided me with a knowledge base that I can utilise to provide effective and flexible support to the parents as well as the children I am supporting”.
Well done Lee – loved having you with us, you were a very competent individual who will go far in your career x Here is lee on his graduation day.
After a lovely cooked breakfast yesterday, a few residents and I set of to walk up Kinnoull Hill in Perth. It was a great wee walk and stunning views, I cannot believe I have never been up there before. I will definitely go up again, very quiet and peaceful.
Everyone at Anchor House wants to wish Jamie all the best as he moves on. After living with us for just a little over 2 years he is off to pastures new. Jamie plans to take up a residential job within a hotel in the Perthshire area.
At the moment we have two second year social work students on placement. One is based at Rannoch Road and one at Crieff Rd.
They have been working intensively giving more focused support on individuals within our residential accommodation. They have both been a big hit with our service users.
They are on target for meeting their key performance roles with us and have had a wide range of learning experiences thanks to our service users who always embrace the opportunity of being part of their learning curve.
My next objective for them is to write a blog for this website, so check back soon to see what they have to say.
YPI has positively engaged secondary school students across Scotland and awarded thousands of pounds to small, local, social service charities. In January 2010 the programme was described in The Times as “something everyteacher should eagerly find out about and think of introducing to their school.” Since then YPI has continued to develop and gain momentum across Scotland, and has been referenced positively in a number of HMIE School Reports.
At Crieff High School on 10th February 2016 The team representing Anchor House the ‘ Elephants’ delivered their presentation in front of a large audience and a panel of high-profile judges. The presentation was so wonderfully delivered and very moving I was near to tears watching it!
After a tense time for the Judges, students and the charities being represented the decision was in………team elephants won and we were presented with a cheque for £3000.
If you would like to know more about YPI you can visit their website by clicking on the link below.
We have been very lucky to have our new website built by one of our service users, we are now trying to learn how to manage it! We are care workers and not IT experts after all. On that note I would like to say a massive Thanks to Colin Lamont for donating his time to us to come up with this fab new design and for putting up with my IT inadequacies.
We hope that this site becomes a good source of information for all our visitors and if not – please leave us feedback using the contact us link.