Ynystawe Lodge Manager
I began my social care career in 1999 as a nursery nurse, then progressed into adult learning disabilities services and have done this for the past 21 years. I started within the sector as a support worker and over the years I’ve developed and progressed to management level. Towards the end of 2019 I started working for M&D Care and was given the opportunity to manage and open the first specialist residential support service Ynystawe lodge. From my first day of employment, I have been made to feel welcome and valued every day. M&D Care are a family business, and like myself, I am extremely family orientated and want the very best outcomes for all the people we support, together with my fellow colleagues.
I have attained various skills and attributes throughout my career, which includes completing a QCF Level 5. Additionally, I have played an instrumental role in the introduction of the flat-led model of support within a least restrictive environment. Ynystawe Lodge was specifically designed to enable individuals to have their own robust individual living space, whilst also offering them opportunities to develop tolerance and coping skills at their own pace, through the careful planned use of communal living areas. Using person-centred approaches, I have learnt that every person is unique, and disabilities vary. It has been a personal accomplishment of mine, seeing each individual achieve their aspirations and overall happiness and I have to say this has been the best journey of my career thus far.
It is a very exciting time for M&D Care as they develop further specialist residential services to meet the growing demands within health and social sector. I personally feel that M&D Care will continue to support me and develop my skills and attributes during their future growth.