We talk to, Natasha, Manager at Willow House who celebrates her 10th Choiceversary!
Congratulations on your Choiceversary –When did you start at Choice Care?
I started in 2013 as a night social care worker in one on our Salisbury mental health homes.
What made you decide to take the role at Choice Care?
My twin brother had cerebral palsy and was non-verbal, he sadly passed away. As I got older I wanted to work with people like him as it was always in my background. My mum worked in care once he passed away and she has always been my biggest supporter in my career.
How has your role progressed during your time here?
I started as a night social care worker, then went onto working days. Within a year I was a senior, then I became team leader and within 6 months I was an assistant manager. I was then seconded as a deputy manager to another service where I stayed for 5 years. I then decided to do a designated manager role, to achieve my level 5. Covid hit and I thought I’d be forgotten about! Then I was asked to go to Winchester in the East Region as an acting manager where I stayed for nearly two years. The opportunity at Willow House came up and was closer to home so I transferred back to the West Region and am now Home Manager for a 8 bedded service with different disabilities to my previous experience. Choice has given me the opportunity to do my Level 2 & 3 in health and social care and Level 5 in leadership which I’m very grateful for.
What do you are you particularly love about your role?
I love that every day is different, I love watching our residents thrive and achieve things that people think there not capable of - it makes you feel that you’ve made a real impact. I love seeing my residents’ smiley faces that really lights up my day!
How would you sum up working at Choice Care?
Fun, empowering and making a difference to individuals’ lives.
What did you do before you joined Choice Care?
Well, I trained to be a hairdresser as that’s what I wanted to b when I was growing up. After years of training, I then went to work in a salon for a year but didn’t feel like I had much passion for it. It’s always something that comes in handy though!
Are your colleagues supportive?
Of course, and it’s lovely to have a team you get on with and even better when they all enjoy a good laugh and up for getting involved.
They even surprised me with cake, flowers, balloons and chocolates for my 10 year anniversary!