I graduated with a Psychology degree in 2006 and was given an opportunity to be on a graduate training scheme with a charity with services to support individuals with mental health issues and substance misuse. I found that my passion and interest was in working within substance misuse field and in developing meaningful ways to engage service users in recovery based interventions to support them and their families.
Why I joined?
I joined ADS in 2008 as a Practitioner working in the East Riding. I enjoyed working with service users as part of multi-disciplinary team and found I loved 1:1 work with service users and helping them to achieve their goals. My interest within the field grew and grew and I felt really strongly about the recovery agenda and a strengths based approach to working in this field.
Since this time, I have been fortunate enough to progress in my career, working as a Practice Lead and developing evidence based quality services and now as a Team Leader in Doncaster.
What excites me about my work?
My career has progressed so much since joining this organisation. I now work as a Team Leader in Doncaster, providing a service that works within a strong recovery community. My team operates out of 4 different geographical locations and we have been able to set up community hubs, utilising staff and Peer Mentor skills as well the assets from within these communities. I enjoy supporting staff to deliver high quality effective interventions for our service users and finding ways in which we can engage with service users. I enjoy working with such a diverse, experienced staff group and utilising the skills and experience this brings to our service, using everyone’s strengths to provide a quality and effective service.
I feel that I can use my 9 years’ experience working with service users to support others within the organisation and to continue to develop our practice within this field.