Bramble Cottage – Values in Care is a large 2-bedroom Bungalow with Annex (Single service), set within a pleasant residential area of Hengoed, within close proximity to the small flourishing towns of Ystrad Mynach and Blackwood. There is a small community in which the individuals who live in Bramble Cottage are a major part of.
I joined Values in Care back in September 2009 as a support worker in one of the services local to where I live, before this I worked in Domiciliary care and have worked within the care sector for 25 years.
I loved supporting adults with learning disabilities, autism, Challenging behaviour and additional needs, I knew this was the line of work that I wanted to progress in and develop my skills in order to provide the best possible care and outcomes for the people we support.
Working within Values in Care over the years has helped me to progress from a support worker to Acting Manager I have completed my Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management and I am currently working through my level 5. I am keen to develop further within the company, I am committed, enthusiastic and have a passion for what we provide as a company.
What motivates me is seeing the difference we make on a daily basis to the people we support and how happy family members are on the care their loved ones receive, it makes it all worthwhile. Promoting growth within the team, achieving personal goals and development is what makes a happy team and a happy service.
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.
The people we support who live at Bramble Cottage – Values in Care, are very settled and enjoy utilising all the great aspects of their local community such as the local restaurants, wildlife walks and reservoirs. There is a long-standing team who support in the home, they know the people we support exceptionally well. We strive to ensure the people we support are empowered, providing them with every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.
We love getting involved in celebrations and can often be found attending various events and parties both organised within Swanton and locally. If there is an excuse to light the BBQ it doesn’t take them long!