Having spent the previous 2 years gaining experience of working with vulnerable children, young people, and families as a newly qualified Social Worker, Sofia began to think about taking her career in a new direction. 

“Although I really enjoyed the challenges of working for the Local Authority, my passion lies in the third sector – it was my experiences working with charitable and voluntary organisations such as ASHA and ARCH (North Staffs) that inspired me to pursue a qualification in Social Work,” she writes. “I gained valuable experience within my field, but I was ready for a new environment and challenge to develop my skills further.”

In July 2021, Sofia joined St Petrocs as an Outreach Worker. As part of a small team, she now works to find, engage, and build positive relationships with rough sleepers, sofa-surfers, and those at risk of becoming homeless across Cornwall.

St Petrocs: What attracted you to work for St Petrocs?

Sofia: The reputation of the charity, its values, and the positive things I had heard in the community about the organisation, staff and working culture. Also, a big thing for me was the inclusive, family friendly policies such as time off for fertility treatments and shared parental leave. I had not seen a local employer offer this before, and as an LGBT person who may need to use them, it made St Petrocs more attractive as I felt as though myself and my own life/needs would be valued.

What motivates you to come to work each day?

The clients. My colleagues. The feeling of satisfaction and knowing I’ve done my best at the end of the day.

What do you think of the culture here at St Petrocs?

Brilliant – St Petrocs has a great working culture. I have very supportive managers.

Can you see yourself working here in five years’ time?

I hope so!

What would you say to someone who was considering applying to work with us?