Up to my mid twenties I lived and worked in the St Helens area of Merseyside; leaving school with little by way of qualifications and falling way short of my full potential. I was a difficult teenager which was not helped by my reluctance to embrace education and a tendency to press self destruct, a theme which was repeated all too often.
Since leaving, and in the years that followed, I found work on various government schemes, until finding a job in a local factory as a machine operator. I now see this being a significant turning point in my life because it taught me to have goals and aspirations which up until then I had none.
Some five years later, I was appointed by the local authority as an assistant social worker, attached to a children and families team. Following which, I joined a bordering authority working on a residential campus in units accommodating young people placed either on remand or those sentenced at her majesty's pleasure. Around two years later I took up a position within Oldham adult social care, with who I have worked for over 25 years in various roles up to the present day. These include; care management, preventative services, assistive technology, end of life and most recently carers.
Overall I have worked within social care for over 33 years with several local authorities throughout the north west of England. During this time I have experienced many changes and challenges however, I have always felt passionate about supporting people to overcome barriers and to live their lives how they would chose. To make a difference, see positive change and promote independent living will always be my motivation and driver.