Crisis Worker in Surrey, BC
Review from a 10+ Year Employee
Anika is a incredible place to work, simple as that!
I have worked many positions available within this company.
You work with high risk youth who have mental illness, addiction, behavioral issues. Some days are tough, while others leave your heart feel full and you goto bed remembering why you do what you do!
There is room to grow and move to new positions.
You will always have a huge team of fun, upbeat, inspiring, professioal woman behind you and supporting you and encouraging you !
False Job Description and Job Advertisement, Misleading.
The job description has nothing to do with the type of work you will actually do. Unprofessional interviewer, misleading and rude. Waste of time. Warned!
Residential Support Worker/Youth Worker in Surrey, BC
Extremely rewarding work!
Anika Youth Services is an amazing workplace and team to be a part of. You get to work with high risk female youth, so individuals with addictions, mental health issues, behavioral/developmental struggles, trauma, etc. It is the greatest privilege to be invited into these young girls' lives and homes to be a positive support for them. A typical day will really depend on which house you are working in and which youths you are with. Often, you will assist the youths in getting to and from school, appointments with doctors and mental health professionals, as well as other community resources that they are involved with. And you get to do cool recreational activities with them as well, like going shopping, going to rec centers, movies, swimming, animal rescue facilities, and a huge variety of other amazing places that the girls love. Some days are slow and some days are more filled; there is usually a pretty good balance.
The support team at Anika is fantastic. You never have to feel like you are alone in any situation because you have other residential staff, crisis workers, resource coordinators, youth workers, and supervisory staff that have your back ALL the time and always want to make sure you are safe and happy and not overwhelmed.
Your work-life balance at Anika is exactly that: balanced. As a full time residential support worker, you work two days on, two days off, and every other weekend, so your time is split in half, which is really important in this kind of work. Since the shifts are 24 hours long, you are given full 24 hour days off to recuperate and practice self care and live your own life. It is a real treat having a 3 day weekend every other week as it gives you opportunities to get outside work done or travel or just relax and enjoy yourself!
While you are on shift, the best thing is getting to know the amazing girls who you are supporting. You get to build relationships and be a reliable person to youths who have had some very tough times in their lives. As I mentioned before, it is a major privilege to play this kind of role for them, and they will appreciate and remember you forever for the work you do. It is very heart warming and humbling.
The hardest part of this job is that it has a very specific kind of stress involved in it. These young girls have experienced traumas and neglect and may be deeply immersed in hard drug use. It can be very difficult to separate your own emotions from theirs. Sometimes when they are really struggling, it can be challenging to not take their actions personally, but you CAN do it, and you just have to remember: this work is hard, but there is a reason you are there, and the little accomplishments and bonding moments along the way are worth more than gold! I do not have the poetry of words to even express what it feels like to get a letter from a youth saying "Thank you for always being there for me. You have changed my life and I appreciate you more than I can even say".
The compensation at Anika is great! You get paid per day and also get an allowance for gas. The girls have rec budget that can be used to go out for little treats or meals, which is a fun perk for the staff! And you also get budget for grocery shopping, so your meals are also provided while you are working. The salary is exceptional for the work you do and you have the opportunity for raises every quarter during your performance evaluations. Yay!