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Saima

Social Worker – Community Team for Learning Disabilities

Saima shares her story about how she became a Social Worker in the Community Team for Learning Disabilities at Pembrokeshire County Council.

“When the people you support want to engage with you, and you earn their trust… it’s just the best feeling in the world.”

Before I moved to the UK, I worked with various non-governmental organisations as a humanitarian worker and when I came to Wales, I knew that I wanted to continue to work somewhere with a similar ethos: namely, caring for others. A role in social care called out to me, and I decided to study a degree in Social Work with the Open University. 

I spent my student placement years at Pembrokeshire County Council and absolutely loved it. I worked within the Managed Care Team and gained invaluable experience, developing my skillset and receiving support from the whole team. I eventually moved to the Community Team for Learning Disabilities and truly found my passion! After graduating and becoming a fully qualified social worker, I knew I wanted to stay and continue to work with the amazing people in this team. 

I’m proud to be part of a team that empowers people to achieve what matters to them most, and I love seeing the people I support thriving and enjoying their lives. 

Teamwork is essential when working in social care, and I can’t emphasize enough how supportive my colleagues have been during my time so far at Pembrokeshire County Council. My managers have helped me throughout my learning journey, and they continue to do so now as a newly qualified social worker. I feel included, appreciated and valued within the service. 

There are so many opportunities for personal development and education here, and I would strongly encourage anyone working in social care to explore what learning is available to them. I would always recommend working in social care because I enjoy my job so much – everyone should feel this way about the work they do. 

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