Matthew Dobbs – Registered Manager
Nine years – I’ve been a Support Worker, Team Leader, Assistant Behavioural Specialist and I have more recently become a Registered Manager.
My first shift with Orbis was in 2009 when I worked for the recruitment agency Smart Solutions. Three months later I moved on 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 to a Team Leader position. My passion was always within the clinical services, and I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the behavioural team as an Assistant Behavioural Specialist, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In time, and with more experience under my belt, an opportunity then came along for me to apply for the role of Registered Manager and I’m happy to say that I was successful!
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 disability 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.
I have always enjoyed being part of the achievements and successes of our service users, helping them transition into adulthood, and supporting them to grow and develop through the years. Orbis has taught me that with the right approach and positivity anything is achievable. Up until recently, as an Assistant Behaviour Specialist, I really enjoyed learning about the functions behind certain behaviours and helping to create strategies and plans in order to 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, resulting in 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 is in the best interest of the service user definitely helps. I also find it difficult supporting a person to 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. Now that I’ve moved out of the clinical team into a service management role I look forward to seeing what is around the corner for me. What I can say though is that it has been an amazing 10 years since I walked through the door as an agency support worker, and when I think about my journey through Orbis and where I am now, I sometimes have to pinch myself. Orbis has supported me throughout to move onwards and upwards, and the same is available to anyone who wants to do well here.