"I first joined Oakfield as a volunteer in July 2000 and I worked as part of the work experience from school in the then craftroom. After my two weeks of work experience, I applied for part time work on Saturdays and Sundays whilst I was studying at college during the week. After my college studies I joined the Oakfield care team full time. Over the years I gained knowledge in care and undertook different care qualifications which Oakfield provided and paid for as well as gaining valuable experience in the care field.
In 2005 I moved to Manchester to join a chairity organisation that taught secondary school pupils practical music skills. I did this for one year before moving back to Northamptonshire and joining the Oakfield team as a senior carer. In 2012 I applied for a care manager's post and was successful. During my time as a care manager I worked with health care professionals to help provide the best possible care for the residents as well as developing care plans and risk assessments to ensure all care was delivered in a safe manner. In 2014 I worked towards a QCF level 5 qualification and ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) and passed both courses the following year.
In 2015 the deputy manager's post became available as Oakfield was developing a new supported living unit based in Yardley Hastings with a need for someone to oversee this exciting development. I applied for the post and was successful. Since then I've worked alongside the management team and board members as manager of this new home to oversee and ensure a smooth and safe day to day running."
“I was employed at Oakfield in 1995 as a senior support worker, which is a role I enjoy, especially working with the residents. Previously I was working within the care sector within residential and day centre, but was made aware of Oakfield through contacts in the village and called them to see if they had any care vacancies. I then worked towards my NVQ 3 qualification in 2008 which gave me the personal development I needed to apply for the position of care manager and I then undertook this role until 2013 when I took over as manager of the Good Life Project.
The Good Life Project combines my desire to help and care as well as my hobbies in caring for livestock and farm management. I get great satisfaction out of seeing the development that the residents make after successfully growing and eating seasonal vegetables, and caring for livestock.
In my free time outside working hours I enjoy looking after my horses and livestock and attending farm and collective sales.”