Hello, my name is Samuel Cooksey and I am the Student and Family Support Worker for the HIVE College. It is my role to assist both the students and their families during their time with us and to help our students find a suitable placement during their final year to transition into.
I work alongside all students from the LIVE, THRIVE and STRIVE programmes and my main remit is the THRIVE and STRIVE students. Whether that be in the classroom, out on community/business enterprise days or visiting families/outside agencies, I assist with a variety of day to day occurrences to make sure our students get the most out of their time with us at the College.
For our STRIVE students, I work alongside the class Teachers and Teaching assistants to ensure the students are kept safe and well but above all happy and that they enjoy their day right from the moment they are picked up via our minibuses to the moment they arrive home.
I help to source suitable community days so that our students can experience time out of college in a variety of locations such as supermarkets, cafés, parks, libraries etc.
I also assist College Nurses with any medical issues that should arise and maintain constant contact with parents/carers so that the channel of communication is always open.
For our Thrive students, I work alongside Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants to ensure the students are kept motivated during their classroom activities and also to challenge the students to learn new skills or hone the skills that they have already acquired.
I help to source suitable community days and also Business enterprise opportunities where our students go out into the community and take part in events such as creating/selling themed items and work alongside Ruth Martin, our Placement Co-ordinator to secure Voluntary Placements.
Our student’s final year with us can be an exciting yet worrying time for our families. I work very closely with our final year (Transition) student’s to ensure that the transition process is as smooth as possible. I also work alongside outside agencies to source the best placement for each individual student.
Throughout the year, events such as the Transition morning and the Student and Parent information evening will be held so parents/carers can see for themselves the different types of provision they could potentially use and also if they need any medical advice or assistance with any other type of support
I also help to secure students a social worker should they need it for their transition and work alongside the social workers to allocate the most suitable placement for the student.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Student and Family Support worker