We are sharing stories of how working in residential care can transform lives. By sharing the stories of the people who work in residential care we hope to offer an insight into the skills and experiences of our team and why they are well placed to offer therapeutic care to our children and young people.
Mandy is a Residential Support Worker.
How long have you been supporting young people in one way or another? How do you do this?
Years and years and years, lots of years. I care for them, nurture them, get to know young people and see what their needs are and try to meet them as best I can.
What skills do you bring to the team?
Oh, I don’t know, I’m just me! I do different things on different days as they are needed. I’m quite good at being the peacekeeper. I don’t like conflict, people tell me I’m kind.
What is your CHT or residential care career highlight?
Meeting a lot of nice people and visiting Fisher & Donaldson!
What would you change about residential care?
Sometimes legislation is used to say no to a young person instead of looking at how can we do something and what’s possible.
What has been the funniest moment of your CHT or residential care career?
Being snowed in and making snow angels.
What do you enjoy doing when you have some time to yourself?
Reading horror stories, cinema, Bon Jon Jovi is my first love and I follow him around the world. My partner has a Harley as compensation for my love of JBJ. I also love all things Disney.
What do you think is unique about Tarvit Cottage that supports young people in our care?
I think Tarvit Cottage is the people.