We spoke to Jane, our Cheshire Team Leader, to find out what a typical day looks like and what she enjoys most about working at Making Space.
A little bit about Jane…
“I’ve been a part of Making Space for 8 years now and held several different roles. I started out at James Street, which is now James House, as the Workshop Manager. Before James Street became James House it was a workshop for our service users.
“After this I moved across to one of our employment development services. I then spent some time fulfilling a dual role that was split between employment development and working as the Team Leader. This led to me being appointed as Cheshire Team Leader 4 years ago.
A typical day
“There is no such thing as a typical day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I could be resolving a crisis support issue, at head office in a management meeting or out visiting our various services across Cheshire.
“I currently line manage 8 other employees, so that takes some time. However they are such a great bunch and I know I can always rely on them.
“I’m also required to complete contract reports, so I’m in touch with our service users to attain their opinions on the care and support we provide.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
“Definitely job satisfaction. I have a fantastic team who share all tasks and are hugely passionate about our service users.
“Mine is such a rewarding role and Making Space as an organisation has a very welcoming, family feel which makes them a lovely employer. We make a difference to people’s lives and there aren’t many professionals that can say that.
Did you always want to work in health and social care?
“When I was at school I attended work experience in a residential school for children with physical and mental health needs. I loved this, however it took until I was older and had first hand experience of caring for someone that I decided to join the health and social care sector again.
“Making Space allows you to be you and it was this that attracted me to the role.
What piece of advice would you go back and give yourself?
“Follow your heart. I wish I had joined the sector a lot sooner”