I have worked in the social care field for over 40 years, mainly with and for people with learning disabilities. Initially I worked for The London Borough of Bexley and then, on moving to Ipswich in 1980, Suffolk County Council . I also spent 16 years working for Mencap.
My roles were varied – initially working in a residential unit for children, followed by being a social worker, an area manager for housing services and latterly facilitating supported housing alongside partner Housing Associations and the District and Borough Councils.
About my work
In my last role, I was part of the team who developed the shared ownership model Suffolk HOLD. This was a very exciting time as it enabled people who had been living in highly institutionalised services to have their own home and much greater control over their lives. Whilst initially the work focused on people who were living in NHS accommodation the model has been rolled out to other people and seeing how the individuals who have had this opportunity have developed and grown is amazing.
I enjoy working with my colleagues at The Professional Deputy Service. The opportunity to continue promoting independence, respond quickly to an individual in financial matters and being able to problem solve through pooling ideas and suggestions gives a great deal of “job” satisfaction.