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 started working in the care sector in 2000, with my first experience being an agency worker in a care. As I gained experience, knowledge, and confidence, I went on to work in a variety of settings that included, domiciliary care, supported living schemes, nursing homes, hospitals, and residential facilities supporting children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and associated additional needs.
Working in a variety of settings with different providers provided me with the experience base that I needed to understand the best way that I could direct my passion and desire to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable members of society. I devoted a lot of my time in completing all mandatory CPD courses and other relevant training provided by the different settings that was associated with, which accelerated my assent to management functions.
The qualification that I have gained over the years range from NVQ 3, NVQ4 and Registered Managers Award (RMA) in health and social care (adults) to Diploma Level 3 and Leadership and Management Diploma Level 5 in Children and Young People.
Joining Swanton Care has been a welcome opportunity to help me further develop myself so that I can make a “bigger difference” to the lives of the people we support. I have a passionate team of staff whose dedication is commendable. Together, we have a vision to take Lucerne house to greater heights!
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.