Lucerne House - Courtyard Care, is a 6-bedroom residential home based in a quiet residential area of Barton Seagrave, supporting young people aged 5-17. We pride ourselves on creating a home from home environment to allow our young people to flourish and thrive.
I have over 13 years’ experience of working within childcare, with 8 years of this being in residential care. I started off my career as a Nursery Nurse before moving onto a Residential Support worker within a care home setting. I gradually progressed my way through the roles as Senior Support worker, Team Leader and now stepping up as the Manager of Lucerne House - Courtyard Care.
I have a caring nature and being a mother myself, I have that natural instinct to protect and support the young people in our care. I am hard working and passionate about my team offering support to allow them to develop and feel confident within their roles.
I pride myself in enabling our young people to express their character, feel safe and have experiences of childhood that they can reflect and carry with them into adulthood.
I am confident to be able to lead the team with my knowledge from previous roles and guide them to create the best possible outcomes for our young people.
I have successfully registered and managed children’s provisions since 1999 and have in total 23 years’ experience working within this sector. I have worked in education as a Registered Manager from 1999. Following on from this, I took a change of direction into residential social care for children in 2010 and held a Registered Managers’ position from 2012 for 6 years. During these 17 years as a Registered Manager, these provisions were rated either Good or Outstanding with Ofsted.
I was promoted in 2015 and subsequently held the position of Head of Business Operations for 6 years until more recently where I now hold the position of Regional Director.
I am a committed and passionate individual and believe that every young person should be provided with the opportunity to achieve their full potential and aspirations meaning ‘Every Moment Matters’.
I started my career in the corporate sector in learning and development before setting up my own business and then moving in to teaching within the prison service in 2000.
Since that time, I have worked in a number of positions within Health & Social Care and Special Education including Mentoring Project Manager, Head Teacher, Regional Education Manager and Operations Director.
My previous background in business combined with extensive knowledge and experience gained over the past 20 years lends itself well to the role of Director of Children’s Services. I am delighted to have joined Swanton in October 2022 and am excited to contribute towards the growth and development of the services.
I believe that everyone of us has the potential to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults so that they can be happy, healthy, and live as independently as possible. We do this by ensuring that we always doing the “right thing” and continue to ask ourselves how can I make this better.
At Lucerne House - Courtyard Care, each of our young people have their own personalised bedrooms, a large communal area, a games room, and an activity and sensory room offering a large space with a vast range of sensory toys, along with a large garden with a climbing frame, birds nest swing, trampoline and sandpit.
We support our young people to access education through an SEN school, allowing them to have a voice, encouraging and empowering them, alongside increasing their independence skills and life skills for later in their adult life.
We work alongside many health care professionals, where we promote and encourage positive relationships with families to meet the children’s needs and ensure they are receiving the best quality care. Alongside this our team members are experienced and have gained a lot of experience and knowledge through regular training and support from both internal and external agencies.