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Gaynor Lester

Gaynor Lester

Recovery Support Worker, Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Service

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Biography

What made you choose to attend Leeds Trinity University?

After visiting Leeds Trinity on their Open Day, it appeared to offer a warm atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff. It was also ideal for the commute from Doncaster and offered the course which I was interested in.

What are your best memories from your time here?

I have some amazing memories from Leeds Trinity. From the friends that I made to the brilliant tutors and the confidence that I gained during my three-years.

How do you feel your time at Leeds Trinity has supported you in your career and life more generally?

As a mature student I felt nervous about starting university. The tutors on my course not only enabled me to gain confidence in my academic work but also my personal confidence. They displayed belief in me and pushed me to work harder which in turn assisted in gaining an excellent mark for my degree.

Did you study abroad or undertake a placement?  If so, how did this benefit you?

I completed a six-week professional work placement at Doncaster Drug and Alcohol team. During this time I gained experience, confidence, clinical skills and knowledge within this area. This not only helped me to develop as a person and academically but I gained employment in this team as a graduate.

What three words would you use to describe Leeds Trinity?

Inspiring, welcoming and supportive.

Please give a brief summary of your career since graduation.

As soon as I completed university I gained employment as a Recovery Support Worker at Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Service. I have been there since and thoroughly enjoy my work and the team that I work in.

My role includes giving advice on harm minimisation, diet, lifestyle and supporting doctor's clinics. My duties include drug testing, dealing with prescriptions, paperwork, updating care plans, safeguarding, risk assessments and supporting other team members. I completed a six weeks placement at Doncaster Drug and Alcohol team during my time at university and made some excellent contacts during this time. 

What advice would you give current students and recent graduates embarking on a similar career path?

To gain as much experience from their placement as they can and to make as many contacts as possible.

How would you summarise your experience?

The tutors on my course made my experience at University. They offered more than their job role required them too. They were supportive, encouraging, friendly and their door was always open. The forensic staff were fantastic and I acquired so much respect for them during my time at university. I don't think I would have completed the course without their support and the belief that they had in me.