Matthew Dobbs – Assistant Behavioural Specialist

Matthew Dobbs

What is your name and position at Orbis?

Matthew Dobbs – Assistant Behavioural Specialist

How long have you worked for Orbis and in what roles?

Eight years – I’ve been a Support Worker, Team Leader and Assistant Behavioural Specialist.

My first shift with Orbis was in 2009 as part of recruitment agency Smart Solutions. Three months later, I rolled over to an Orbis contract where I spent almost three years as a support worker. After a short break, I re-joined the company in 2013 as a support worker before progressing into the Team Leader position.

My passion has always been within the clinical services – I have always admired my predecessors and I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to join the behavioural team as an Assistant Behavioural Specialist, which I am thoroughly enjoying.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Most days are full of excitement, opportunity and achievements. Orbis comprises a staff group of encouraging, enthusiastic and positive role models helping to support and enrich children and young people with autism, learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. My days are always filled with different environments and situations, such as helping with community access, education, personal care, and life skills.

What do you like about your job and what do you find difficult?

I have always enjoyed being part of the achievements and successes of our service users, being a part of their transitions into adulthood and supporting them to grow and develop throughout the years. Orbis has taught me that with the right approach and positivity anything is achievable.

In my current role I am really enjoying learning about the functions behind certain behaviours and helping to create strategies and plans that will provide the right support. I love being part of a company that has such a fantastic ethos towards the well-being of young people, and that has an amazing staff team.

Something I might find difficult is, for example, helping to transition a young man into one of our services very close to Christmas, meaning the separation of close family members at a very difficult time of year. The impact it will have on both parties can be tough, but knowing it’s in the best interest of the service user definitely helps. I have often found it difficult supporting a person’s transition out of our services after developing such a fantastic relationship with them, but at the same time it’s really wonderful to see them moving onward and upwards.