In October 2018, we announced the exciting news that we have expanded our Scottish Outreach Worker project with the arrival of Kat (pictured), joining Alex as part of the team. We sat down with her to find out more about how she is getting on:
Kat, who has worked within homelessness for over eight years, says, “Although it has been challenging, I have really enjoyed the role of Outreach Worker. At Borderline, we are able to meet clients where they are, and being this flexible means we can best support individuals”.
On reflection of her first 6 months with Borderline, Kat shares, “No day is the same. We are based at the Connection at St Martin’s but spend most of our time out meeting clients, doing welfare checks and updates on their support plan, helping them to access specialist support services, and attending case conference meetings to advocate on our clients’ behalf”
Alex and I strive to offer consistent support and ensure that we work with people to identify barriers to their engagement with support services. You should not give up on anyone, so we ensure our client’s voices are heard and we tailor our support around this approach.
With the exciting development of now having two Scottish Outreach Workers, Kat explains, “We are able to give our clients more time and form stronger relationships, to offer more intense and ongoing support in order to address multiple complex support needs. I am excited to see this project grow, and hopefully one day, with continued success, we work ourselves out of a job”.
To find out more about our Scottish Outreach Worker project, visit https://www.borderline-uk.org/scottishoutreachworker/ and look out for extracts from this interview across our social media pages.