Swanton Community Support in Ipswich is situated in Stella Maris. It is close enough to the town and local amenities, but also close to many beautiful and scenic park areas. Stella consists of 8 individual self-contained flats, which are attached to an office where the team offer support 24-7 days a week, as well as individual 1-1 hours. We support adults from the age of 50 onwards, who experience enduring and complex mental health along with those that have a physical disability.
I joined Swanton in 2020 as Locality Manager for Swanton Community Support - Ipswich, just when Covid broke. I have worked in Social Care since 1997, working up from Support Worker, Senior Support Worker, Deputy then finally a Registered Manager with CQC.
During my time in Social Care, I have supported those with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health in both residential and supported living. I have always wanted to manage and lead a service offering the best individual and person-centred care and support. I enjoy my days and operate a safe, warm and prosperous environment for both the people we support and my teams whilst incorporating the company ethos.
I joined Swanton Care & Community in September 2021, as the Regional Director for the East Anglian Region. I have been a Registered Nurse (RNLD) for over 25 years, and during that time have enjoyed a varied career within a range of settings and services at a senior level.
I have an MBA and APMP qualification.
I am proud of the team that I work with and the passion that they have for their roles and the people we support. I embrace being able to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support and our team members.
I started my career as a Support Worker when I graduated university in 2004, progressing my way through Deputy Manager and Home Manager, eventually joining Swanton in 2018 working as a Locality Manager covering services in and around Hull.
I have successfully held registrations for, and worked in, a full range of services from Supported Living to challenging Residential homes.
I share Swanton Care’s passion for ensuring that the vulnerable people in our care have the best life and opportunities possible. I believe this is achieved by making sure the people we support have their voices heard and that our teams are appropriately trained and supported to provide this care.
I feel privileged to work in such a rewarding sector with a fantastic team. I look forward to what the future will bring for the people we support and our organisation.
The people we support are encouraged to lead an independent life that they choose to live. The team offers emotional and practical daily support along with guidance and advice. At Swanton Community Support- Ipswich, we offer in house activities that incorporate skill development and fun, we recently had the Jubilee and Easter parties, with plans for more in the future.
We have had good feedback from both the people we support and their families regarding the positive and inclusive environment at Stella Maris. One family member commented: ‘the staff at Stella Maris really care about the tenants and want the best for them.’
We continue to evolve and improve the care and support we provide, always striving to better the lives of the people we support at Stella Maris.