I have worked within a social care setting, mostly with adults who have learning disabilities, mental health issues and complex behaviour for over 20 years. I have had a wide range of roles in ubu since 2003. I have been given opportunities to gain extensive experience in working with people and training to achieve a range of professional and development qualifications in social care which I have been able to apply in everything I do.
One of the most vital lessons I've learned over the years is the importance of recognising that everyone is unique; each person has their own wishes, needs and feelings. I am passionate about empowering the people we work with; ensuring their voices are heard and just as importantly, they know they are truly being listened to. This, in turn, enables the people we serve to become exactly who they want to be, in a safe and supportive environment which is tailored just for them.
Working for ubu isn’t just a job – it’s a vocation, a choice I have willingly made to be part of transforming peoples lives every single day. People don’t stop being people when I have finished my working day – the ubu enabling team I manage and the people we work with know they can contact me any time for support and encouragement. When I'm talking to people about what I do, I often find myself describing ubu as my ‘second family’, it's not something I say lightly. I take great pride in the work I do and it gives me immense happiness and satisfaction to be making a real difference to other people's lives.