The Old Vicarage – Values in Care is a 4-bedroom detached period property set in the rural village of Glynogwr. The property offers a wealth of character and breath-taking views of the countryside. We have many benefits within the property that the people we support make use of daily.
I joined Values in Care in 2017 as they aligned to my own values. Throughout my career they have supported me to further my own goals and professional growth. Before joining, I spent 20 years within the social care sector, starting initially during my education. It was during this time that I knew which avenue I wanted to pursue.
I started as a support worker working with adults with a range of additional learning needs, autism, and mental health. I quickly progressed in my career with enthusiasm and a positive outlook- it was important for me and those around me to make a difference to the people we support. I have been a registered manager for 17 years now and love what I do. Every day is different and seeing people achieve positive outcomes is so rewarding.
I pride myself on leading a team who deliver a high-quality service and who are equally as passionate in providing a person-centred approach, supporting individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations.
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.
Our spectacular gardens at The Old Vicarage – Values in Care, offer a range of activities which consist of a swing, balance beam, trampoline and a large seating area. Our Wendy house at the bottom of the garden, provides sensory activities and quiet time for the people we support.
We provide support for four adults with learning disabilities/ autism and we support these individuals to achieve personal goals and independent daily skills. The people we support have tailored activity plans, making every day full of fun filled activities and learning. We place value on individual beliefs and choices, and support them with any decisions they make. We provide a safe, nurturing and homely environment. The team has a clear understanding of people’s needs and provide care, warmth, and dignity.