78 Westwood Drive – Values in Care, is a 2-bedroom Dormer bungalow, single service, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Quakers Yard, backing onto woodlands and ever-popular Taff Trail. We are within easy reach of the thriving market town of Pontypridd as well as easy links to Cardiff and Brecon Beacon and other places of interest.
I joined Values in Care in January 2022 as a Registered Manager at Prince Llewellyn Farm and 78 & 80 Westwood Drive. My experience of managing homes, ranges across community care, supported living and complex needs day services. I have joined both existing teams and had the opportunity to create and manage new homes.
I enjoy creating opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities, empowering them to develop their skills, thus creating a sense of achievement and personal development. I am passionate about leading and developing my teams to their full potential, encouraging their growth and professional development, which in turn provides high quality person centred support.
I began working in Social Care sector since January 1996, this was soon after I finished my degree in BSc Behavioural sciences. I commenced employment as a support worker with a not-for-profit organisation working with adults with learning disabilities. This was during the time when Ely hospital in South Wales was in the process transitioning people from hospital to resettle in the community into supported living accommodation.
I continued my employment with the organisation, developing in my career with various roles across the organisation, working with different models of support including supported living, respite, community support and residential manager roles.
I have worked in senior management roles for the last 15 years mainly in operations and quality assurance. I have been a Registered Manager since 2014 with two providers in the last 27 years.
I am a trainer and been the organisational lead for person centred practise, ensuring that people supported live lives to their full potential and are encouraged to have greater choice and control. I feel passionate that people are at the forefront of their own support provision ensuring that the quality-of-service provision is exceptional.
I have recently joined Swanton Care, Values in Care as the Regional Director in August 2023 and look forward to working within this organisation to continue my career development supporting people and staff to reach their goals and aspirations.
I became a Chief Operating Officer in July 2022, prior to this I was Regional Director to Values in Care for 2 years. During my time in the social care sector, I have gained a wealth of experience, starting my career as a young Support Worker in 2003, progressing through roles such as Keyworker, Manager and Area Manager.
I have loved gaining qualifications along the way, including a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and an ILM Level 5 (The Institute of Leadership and Management), this has helped me to support the people in our care to have a better quality of life. I also have a keen interest in Positive Behavioural Support and am continuing my learning by undertaking a Diploma in this specialist area.
During my 19 years in the social care sector, I have always worked in complex homes for people with learning disabilities and autism, leading and directing teams to ensure we offer the best care possible to the people we support. Growing organically has ensured that I have great knowledge, experience and understanding in the care sector.
In my spare time I really enjoy horse riding, spending time with my family and pets.
At 78 Westwood Drive – Values in Care, we provide support for one person with autism, learning disabilities and other complex needs including challenging behaviour. The person we support is encouraged to participate in activities of choice which are a combination of leisure and educational pursuits that promote independence, and social interactions. The person we support is encouraged to take part in a fulfilling range of community-based activities as well as within his own home such as going to the cinema, cooking sessions, and upkeep of own home.
Feedback from our recent CIW inspection was complimentary and read: “The person we support having a timetable of activities that are tailored to their needs and are a combination of leisure and domestic tasks. The team working at the service commented that they enjoy working at the service and feel supported and valued.”