Tina is both a founder Director of Carers Break Community Interest Company and the ‘Registered Manager’ of the Service.
Tina has over seventeen years’ experience of working in the Care sector and has worked at every level within the ‘Care in the Community’ service delivery. Working her way up from Care Support Worker, to becoming the Registered Manager of a County wide operation. Tina has the skills and experience necessary to ensure that the quality of care, training and operational aspects of Carers Break are market leading. Her eye for detail and the highest standards continues to prove invaluable as Carers Break strive to become the highest quality care provider in Cornwall.
“My first experience of being a care worker with another organisation, many years ago, has stayed with me to this day – I remember being introduced to a lady who at that time was sat on her toilet – a very personal time. This lady saw me, yet another new face to add to the list of different faces she had seen that week, and at that time she broke down in tears. She said to me, “My dear it’s not because of you I am crying, it’s because I do not want to have yet another new person doing my personal care. I have seen so many different carers and I do not like it”. This experience of seeing this vulnerable lady being introduced to yet another carer has inspired me to provide a service that not only is personal to the individual but also provides continuity of care worker”.
‘Reuben is both a founder Director of Carers Break Community Interest Company and the ‘Responsible Person’ for the service.
Reuben has worked in the third sector for several years having been Business Development Manager and Operations Manager within Charitable Organisations both in Wales and Cornwall. His experience is wide ranging and he has expert skills as a communicator, motivator and inspirational speaker. With a very positive approach to life and work, Reuben believes that ‘people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care’. Reuben is an active member of Cornwall Charity Club and is the current Secretary and Associate Trustee for RESEC Cornwall. His positive and inspirational approach to change has been used by DWP, Coastline Housing and Rebuild Southwest to motivate and inspire some of their hardest to reach clients . He also works closely with several training and recruitment organisations to inspire and motivate young people toward working in the care sector. Most recently he has been involved in speaking to local schools about the potential opportunities and works closely with the Cornwall Proud to Care initiative.
“I believe that we can positively change the reputation of care in this country by adopting a holistic approach to everything we do. Our Mission is to improve the lives of the people we care for and their families in the most effective and relevant ways we can. We are a Company with a huge heart. The team here do it as an extension of who they are, rather than an expression of what they do” “Carers Break is a powerful vehicle for change in this sector. We believe in excellence as the foundation of all that we do.”
As a very young woman when her Grandad became ill, Katie realised that she could be the one person that may make a difference in his care. At 18 she began her career in Health and Social Care as a Community Care worker. “I love to try and help people and provide the support they need. I love to make a difference to people’s lives”
Katie has now been in the sector for most of the last ten years and has progressed to the key role of Care Coordinator making her responsible for rostering up to 50 staff, creating personalised care plans and risk assesments all over the County.
As for Carers Break- “I love the Values the Company stand for, giving clients and Carers time- not rushing people. I feel valued and supported.”
Katie has a calm and re-assuring manner that gives our office that friendly and down to earth feel and is very popular with all the staff.
Mandy began her career as a YTS girl dipping her very young toes into the Social Care water as a Care Assistant in a Cornish Residential Home over 30 years ago. Having worked in a Nursing home, spent 8 years on a Maternity unit and successfully employed in the roles of Senior Carer, Care Coordinator and Deputy Care Manager in various care settings, Mandy joined Carers Break in 2018 taking up the role of Community Support worker and more recently moved into the additional role of Care Coordinator.
“I love it , it’s rewarding, I get job satisfaction whilst making a difference to people’s lives. I love the opportunity to promote one to one care, people and staff given time, promoting personal dignity”
Mandy’s experience and level headed approach to the extremely dynamic environment in which we work is a great bonus to Carer’s Break.