Most of my working years have been office based. I started out in a Sales Office, then progressing to Import/Export and Head of Administration/PA to the Managing Director of a small media company. I Worked in the local NHS General Hospital as a PA to one of the General Managers then management of a team of medical secretaries and the Next of Kin Office. I really enjoyed working with people in the hospital setting and began to develop an interest in patient problem solving. Then I was appointed as one of the Hospital’s complaints Managers, although stressful, this was an extremely rewarding role. Years later, after moving to Spain to have a more relaxed lifestyle, for eleven years I worked in the UK for a few months every year. With my life experiences I feel have equipped me well for my new role as Office Manager with Help at HomeCB. I’m very excited to be part of this organisation and hope to assist the charity in its quest to help as many people as possible here in Spain .
Position: Queada Manager
Background :I retired and moved to Spain in 2011 having spent the previous 24 years as a qualified Social Worker in the UK.
As a mature student I obtained a B.A degree in English, Sociology & Politics followed by a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work & a Dip.SW from Exeter University.
I worked as a Social Worker & later as a Practice Manager in Childcare services in Devon & then moved to CAFCASS (Children & Families Court Advisory & Support Services) as a Family Court Advisor.
Following retirement I missed the sense of feeling useful in my local community and so joined Help at Home(Costa Blanca)as a volunteer 6 years ago.
In Quesada we have a small but very committed group of volunteers led by our Coordinator Joan Waddington.
Together we offer our support to those in need in our wider community and enjoy being a part of the great work of all those involved in the charity.
Position – Welfare Officer
I have a city and guilds Advanced Management for care 325.2 qualification in adult care for social services.
I have been an Adult care manager for 28 years, working with Adults in a variety of positions which includes managing residential care settings, homecare team leader, pendant alarm installation, adult safeguarding, mainly working with adults of all ages to organise, implement, assess,and provide good quality care to people who require support as a result of physical , mental and people with complex care needs.
I eventually became one of The Rapid Response mangers for southglos social services department managing the service as part of a team, which included managing staff and organising adequate care for people living within the councils boundaries.
I moved to Spain in 2016 and became aware that there was limited community support for people living in Spain who had become unwell and required care and support so I joined Help at Home Costa Blanca to help vulnerable people living in the community within the Orhuela Costa area.