Why did you choose to work for Waverley Care?
I have always worked in some capacity within the education and care sector. One of my previous roles was supporting individuals and their families living with blood borne viruses. I found the work extremely challenging at times (this was the era when the only medication available for people with Hepatitis C was Interferon and Ribavirin) but also very rewarding and humbling to work alongside people who showed strength and determination in adversity by getting through treatments, taking control of their health and moving on in their lives.
When I saw Waverley Care’s advert for a Hepatitis C Befriending Coordinator, I was immediately drawn to the role.
Tell us about life before Waverley Care.
My education and previous working life has been varied and included; nursing, Adult Literacy Tutoring, Primary Teaching, as well as working in various capacities within the voluntary sector. I even had ambitions to be an artist when I was younger and spent two years at art college. I hope that my diverse life experiences helps to give me a wider perspective and a creative approach to my work.
What do you most enjoy about working with Waverley Care?
Every day is different and brings a new learning experience. It is great to work alongside a very caring, supportive and passionate team and to see the positive impact that approach has on the people who we support.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a passionate advocate for holistic care. I have studied Reiki to an advanced level and practice this almost every day in my own life. I am also currently a second year student studying for a Diploma in Homeopathy, which takes up a lot of my time. Other hobbies include: arts and crafts, experimenting with and making natural cosmetics (sometimes with strange results!) and getting away into the wilderness when I can.