Hello, my name is Paula and I have worked for Vibrance since 1999! I started as a Support Worker and with the support of Vibrance progressed to Project Worker, Deputy Manager and finally to Manager. I was successful in obtaining my current post in 2009.
I currently manage two care Homes, one home is registered with CQC and is home to eight individuals with learning disabilities, challenging behaviours, mobility issues, and dementia. The second is low support and is home to four individuals with mild/moderate learning disabilities. I am operationally responsible for managing the care and support provided to all service users. I manage a staff team of 21 and ensure co-ordination of delivery of services to service users meeting the regulations laid out by the Care Quality Commission and Local Authorities.
I have truly loved every post that I have held within Vibrance and I can honestly say I have never not wanted to go work! I enjoy supporting service users to achieve things and I like to make anything happen. I do get a personal satisfaction when individuals achieve something however small and you see the enjoyment in their expressions or body language. I enjoy supporting people to be independent and to have control over their lives. I also enjoy supporting staff with their development and I like teaching people.
Vibrance has supported me to become a manager and this was always my goal. They have provided me with opportunities to learn through out my career and when I have not been confident with something supported me in taking small steps and before I knew it I was confident in it without even realising!. They have also supported me when I have made mistakes and allowed me to learn from them. Vibrance has also looked at particular skills I have and matched with my enthusiasm given me extra responsibilities such as other homes to manage and encouraged me out of my comfort zone.
I feel Vibrance has provided me with the benefit of adapting my hours on occasions to suit my lifestyle and has enabled me to have a great career as well as being a good mum and have a regular hobby. Vibrance has supported me to have a happy home and work life balance and you cannot put a price on that!