The positive impact a mental health social worker has had on a young West Sussex resident‘s life is revealed in a new short film.
The film is the third in a series of short films called ‘Real Social Work: Making the difference in West Sussex’.
The films have received the backing of two West Sussex MPs – Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Shoreham, and Henry Smith, MP for Crawley.
The new film follows a day in the life of Adam Drage, a senior social work practitioner and approved mental health professional, as he meets Jack, a young person who has spent time in hospital because of mental health needs. Jack is about to move into a community placement where support will be available to him 24 hours a day.
The film also features Jack’s mum, Sue, talking about the impact Adam has had on Jack’s life. Sue says, “It’s been a very, very positive experience since Adam’s been involved with Jack. Adam has been there and supported us and made us feel actually there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
All three videos can be viewed on the County Council YouTube page and you can view part three below.
Adam, 30, said, “I really enjoy my job. It can be challenging but if you put a lot into this job then you get a lot out of it. If you want to do something where you are doing a job that is making an impact and is meaningful then become a social worker.”
Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said, “Adam is one of over 250 social workers in Adults’ Services at West Sussex County Council. Social work is a difficult and complex job but extremely rewarding and can be a lifeline for individuals and their families.
“Every day of the year our teams of social workers are supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our county. The invaluable dedication of our social work staff can often make the difference to someone being able to get their lives back on track.”
The County Council is currently recruiting for people to join the adult social care team. If you want to know more about a career in social care see www.westsussex.gov.uk/jobs/job-search or email CareActJobs@westsussex.gov.uk
For more information see www.westsussex.gov.uk/realsocialwork