Team Interviews

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“I work as an Art Therapist for Care in Mind. Art Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses art as another method of communication when words are not enough.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like for you?

“Currently I work one day a week for Care in Mind, my average day is quite varied. I run staff support sessions most mornings with different staff groups, this gives them time to reflect on their roles. I then run individual Art Therapy sessions with young people in the afternoons.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“I think once a positive trusting therapeutic relationship has been established the young person can be open and honest in the sessions and the therapy can really begin. My favourite thing about my role is seeing positive changes in the young people I work with.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud of in your role.

“I feel proud of the uniqueness of my profession and how Art Therapy can offer something different.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“I think that Care in Mind really do care about the young people that they work with. I think that young people often come into Care in Mind with a lack of confidence in themselves and their abilities but leave feeling confident and positive and ready for the future. Trust and responsibility are placed in the young people to help them prepare for life after Care in Mind.”

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“I mainly do interviews now but I also do the interview training with Maggie, Service User Involvement Coordinator and Hannah, HR Adviser. I deliver training to new staff with Maggie and Care in Mind’s other Young Person’s Champion.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like to you?

“In an average day I can be doing interviews so what happens is I go in to the room we are in for the day we have a look at the candidates package and read up about them and then we will ask the candidate to come in and we will ask the set interview questions  to the candidates with other staff members then we mark and discuss the candidate together and how they done on the interview. Then we will go on to the next candidate.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“My favourite thing about my role is giving the training to staff because I get to give my opinion about things that I hope will help the young people and staff in the long run.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud about in your role.

“I’m most proud of when I and the other Young Person’s champion came up with our own ideas to put together and deliver in training to new staff.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“I think the positive difference that Care in Mind gives its young people is that they are given the opportunity to get there lives back on track and that they are helped to think that their life is more than there illness. What I also think is positive is that they are taught how to be independent with their living skills and their mental health as well.”

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“My role as a Residential Manager is to manage 2 of the services within Care in Mind, as well as overseeing another service within the company as a residential lead. Within my role I now don’t do much direct work with the young people which is sad but, I do more direct work with the staffing team and professionals. I’m also the allocated the safeguarding lead for Lancashire.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like to you?

“My days change day by day, this is something that I enjoy as no day is the same. My day changes to meet the requirements of the service, team and young people.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“I enjoy and thrive off the achievements of others, watching young people achieve their goals and staff progress is lovely.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud about in your role.

“I started the company as a Team Leader in January 2016 and progressed to the role I’m in now. I feel proud to be part of the developing company and my personal progression.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“I think Care in Mind really live to what they say and don’t give up on young people. This shows in the achievements and recovery outcomes the young people achieve.”

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“As a Team Leader my role is to support the daily running of the service, ensuring Health and Safety is in place, efficient communication takes place amongst the team and external professionals, the staff team and the young people are supported and ensuring there is consistency of boundaries that are implemented amongst the team with the young people, as well as ensuring the staff team remain within model.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like to you?

“An average day for me in the office would be reviewing medication errors, incident reports, daily summaries and handovers, ensuring debriefs are completed, communicating with external professionals, conducting the staff teams supervision and probation and meeting with the young people and residential team.

An average day on shift would consist of spending time with the young people completing fun activities and cooking, ensuring handovers are completed to a good standard, building staffs confidence and allowing them to shift lead, whilst being supported and guided.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“The favourite thing about my role is being the “inbetweener”. Having the ability to be on shift and spend time with the staff and young people. As Team Leader, I am able to support the Residential Manager in attending meetings and providing a voice to staff as well as being able to provide support and guidance when needed. To be able to see the development within the staff team makes my job worthwhile.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud about in your role.

“I feel most proud of being able to see the development within my team, as well as the progression of the young people throughout their placement with us at Care in Mind. I think if there are a positive outlook and moral set within the team and service, that can have a lasting effect and that has to start from the management team and be fed into the daily aspect of the role. This is something I know is implemented within Reservoir Lodge and is something that I am very proud of.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“I think Care in Mind gives empowerment to our young people for their care.”

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“I am a Senior Support Worker at a residential service in Care in Mind. My main responsibilities involve leading the team to ensure everything is done to a high standard, for the young people to get the best care possible. I also work directly with the young people and am involved in all aspects of supporting them.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like to you?

“When I come onto shift, I get a handover from the staff on the previous shift. I will then plan the logistics of the day to ensure the young people’s needs are met and so staff have a structure for their shift.  I spend a portion of my time in the office doing reports, audits or liaising with other professionals. I also spend time with the young people either in 1:1 sessions working on their independence skills or doing activities out of the house. There is also unstructured time in the day to spend with the young people to have a laugh and let them be teenagers.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“I really enjoy helping people develop their skills, whether it be staff or young people. It doesn’t happen overnight, but when they look back and see the progress they have made it’s really rewarding.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud about in your role.

“Supporting a young person moving on into a more independent placement. This young person has since contacted the team and given updates of the progress they have made. It was great to know that I was able to contribute to this.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“The model of care that is used by Care in Mind is totally unique. Using therapeutic risk management, young people can independently reduce their risk-to-self and gain coping mechanisms for them to use throughout their lives. Care in Mind offer personalised care plans which can help the young people work towards goals that they choose. This all sets the young people up for independence in the world.”

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role at Care in Mind.

“I am a support worker at Lyndhurst and have been working with Care in Mind for just over 4 years now. I help the young people within Lyndhurst see that there is a way forward and they are not stuck. I help prepare them for independence and show them that the next step can be really exciting for them.”

 

Q2. What does your average day at work look like to you?

“Every day is different and I wouldn’t say there was an average day. There are ups and downs within this role but the ups definitely outweigh the downs. As long as I can make the young people smile then that makes me smile.”

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing about your role?

“Working with so many young people over the years it is great to see a young person come through the service and blossom into independence, knowing that I have helped along the way with their recovery. Also showing young people the progression they have made when they can’t see it themselves.”

 

Q4. Tell us about something you feel most proud about in your role.

“I am proud of the fact that I work in an amazing supportive team, not only for the young people but for staff as well, we all bring unique skills to the table.”

 

Q5. In your experience, how do you think Care in Mind makes a positive difference to the young people in our care?

“Care in Mind offers a unique tool to young people and is not restrictive to their recovery. Care in Mind helps them to reach their full potential when promoting them to independence. As Care in Mind staff, we see the daily struggles and it is truly amazing to see the young people in our care overcome these.”