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 also the current Secretary and Associate Trustee for RESEC Cornwall and a membner of the Proud to Care Cornwall Steering group. His positive and inspirational approach to change has been used by DWP, Coastline Housing , Rebuild Southwest and Next Steps Southwest to motivate and inspire some of their hardest to reach clients, School and College students. He also works closely with Dynamo Training and recruitment organisation Reed in Partnership to inspire and motivate young people toward working in the care sector.
“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.”
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.
“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.
Mother of 4 young children, Suzie is used to keeping all the plates spinning. The newest member of the Carers break Coordinators team is already putting those organisational skills to great use in her new role and is a valued member of this close team. With a background in Child care and Paediatric nursing, a spell of ill health changed the direction of travel in Suzie’s career path. After moving sector’s into the highly competitive retail industry, Suzie quickly adapted her skills and focus toward a fourteen year career which led to store management with well known national brands such as Coop , Peacocks and The Card Factory. Following the birth of her first three children, Suzie saw her new job role advertised online and thought “I could do this”. “Since joining Carers Break, I love it, the role is very diverse and extremely rewarding. The Companies beliefs and values are those that all Care Providers should adopt”.
Since joining the Company, Suzie has had child number 4 and has returned to continue her newest career in Care.