Meet the Team
And we are proud to have created a person-centered culture, where everyone is focused on ensuring that people who are supported have control over their lives, and are living the way they choose. In a person-centered culture you see trust, empowerment and accountability.
This is not just a job, it is a vocation, a way of life that I am very privileged to be a part of and the beauty of it all to me is that you never stop learning. I feel extremely fortunate that for almost 3 decades I have been able to make a difference to peoples’ lives by providing a holistic, accepting environment that has always felt like home.
Over the years I have never lost enthusiasm, this is our life and I am very passionate about making a difference in our resident’s lives, our approach will always be resident-led, respecting that everyone is individual. My drive today is just as strong as it was on day one, life is for living and learning and I’m very excited about the future, embracing new ways of working to continue to enhance our services.
This has been our way of life for the last three decades and I remember starting out, living at the top of the Gravers with three residents – the property was purchased for the residents so this was a temporary arrangement to get the residential home under way, it was a great experience and looking back now we have 21 residents it makes me very proud to have had the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of so many vulnerable adults.
Having previously held senior management positions in corporate organisations it was a fantastic career change for me, allowing me to meet and work with some really great people in a much different environment than I was used to.
Most of our service users refer to me as ‘Bri’ and I gain a lot of satisfaction seeing the outstanding work our team perform and the success stories of our service users, especially when we can help people back into the community with varying degrees of support.
Were always looking to enhance our services and it is an exciting road ahead for Amitola Communities, I’m just thrilled to be part of the journey!
The ethos of Amitola Communities is driven by the commitment of its owners to the individuals in their care, to help people strive towards being as independent as possible on a recovery focused pathway. This is what makes the organisation a great place to work.
My previous employment positions include working as a qualified Social Worker in a secure hospital, working as a Registered Manager in a home for challenging behaviour and autism, and Manager at a day service for young people with ASD
The recovery focus care delivered to our clients is what sets us apart from our competition, and makes for such rewarding work for myself and the staff team.
Having the opportunity every day to make a positive impact on the lives of adults who suffer from complex and enduring mental health issues and/or learning disabilities, and work with a dedicated and passionate team of professionals is what makes Amitola Communities a great place to work.
I started my role as Home Manager here at Christmas Lodge in November 2015. Both, the recovery focus and person centred care in which we provide within Amitola Communities assists in a strong working professional team dedicated and highly committed to providing individual support & recovery programmes for people with complex and enduring mental health problems, in order to maintain independence, life skills and a feeling of self-worth and confidence. To work alongside our residents, achieving positive outcomes and positive impacts on their lives, makes Amitola Communities an excellent company to be a part of.
This formed the grounding for my interest in recovery practice and social psychiatry, understanding that a person’s life experience contributes significantly to the development of mental health problems, and treatment can, and should, be tailored accordingly. People should be able to feel hope and self-worth. I feel that applying a strictly medical model of care to dealing with mental health problems can be counter-productive, suppressing symptoms without addressing underlying emotional issues.
My role as Clinical Recovery Lead for Amitola Communities enables me to utilise humanistic intervention in conjunction with psychotherapy, empowering the people I am working with to re-frame their stories and reclaim their power.
I have completed my second year of mental health nursing at York University, graduating in October 2016. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of an innovative service, working daily with a great staff team and a fantastic group of residents.