A chat with Chris about our podcast!

This week, our Commercial Director Chris chats about the amazing social workers he and Lawrence meet through our podcast, Upfront About Social Work. Make sure to check out the new season below and keep an eye out for new episodes every two weeks!

Podcasting…who knew!

You know… I wasn’t sure about it at first.

When Laura came to me a few years ago and said, “come on, we are doing a podcast”. For one, I didn’t know what that was or why we would do one. The thought of sitting there with no-one listening to us drone on and on about stuff filled me with dread. Anyone who follows me on social media knows I’m not a big fan of the limelight! That said, I’ve grown to love it and I have seen a real shift in how the market (not necessarily just in recruitment) views podcasts in general.

One of the main reasons I enjoy doing these is the amazing social workers I get to meet… These are usually working in demanding careers, juggling tough cases, their own families/relationships, and the normal struggles of getting through life. I am so glad that we did it… it’s given me a much deeper understanding of people’s “why”. Why did they come into Social Work, why are they intrinsically motivated to help people, why do they continue to do a job where most people think they are nothing more than “child catchers”…

One thing that I am always in awe of though is their infinite capacity for compassion and empathy. The people that we work with (in Social Work and Social Care) are supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society and have continued to do this demanding role while we are in the midst of the greatest global pandemic we are likely to face in any of our lifetimes.

Without sounding too contrived.. it is inspiring to hear the stories of those staff on the frontline trying to find innovative ways of working with people (who have their own challenges/issues) through the medium of technology when the majority of their roles rely on being able to see/touch/understand their particular set of circumstances and we’ve heard some wonderful examples of how local authorities and individual practitioners/teams have done this in the last 12 months.

If you want to listen to some of these amazing individuals, then go to https://socialpersonnel.com/podcasts/  and listen to colleagues from across the country. More importantly, if you (or a colleague/team) have a story to share then get in touch and come and feature in your own episode, we’d love to hear from you!

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