Meet the team: Learning Disabilities and Autism

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Thornbury Community Services (TCS), provide specialist outcome-focused support for children and adults who are diagnosed with a learning disability and/or autism. To help you get to know the people behind the service, we sat down with Stamatina, Learning Disability and Autism Recruitment Consultant, to find out more about her role. 


How long have you been working for TCS?

I have worked for TCS since August 2017.

What does your role involve?

I work in recruitment, daily I call applicants who are interested in joining our service to ensure they meet our criteria and support them through the recruitment process. This involves enrolling applicants onto our various platforms to enable them to provide proof of training, proof of identification, right to work and documents to be signed to ensure they are compliant legally to work for TCS. It's important to me that I ensure applicants feel fully supported throughout the process. 

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of my job is being able to ensure I am recruiting the best possible support workers and Learning Disability nurses to care and support for our clients, so that our clients are able to lead a normal life as possible.

What attracted you to the learning disabilities and/or autism division?

I have previous experience working in the community as a support worker working with adults and children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. The learning disability and autism service appealed to me as it allows me to use my knowledge and experience from working in the field to ensure our clients receive the highest standard of care by finding the best nurses and support workers to deliver this. 

What do you wish other people knew about working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism?

Working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism is rewarding yet challenging. You will learn things about yourself and you will also be making life changing impacts in peoples lives. Just because a person is diagnosed with a learning disability and/or autism, does not mean they are different, it just means they feel and process information in a different manner. Autistic people are just as diverse as non- diagnosed people.


You can find out more about TCS' Learning Disability and Autism service here, or take a look at the other services we provide. If you're interested in joining the TCS team, find out more and apply below.