We provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities and additional health and social care needs
We provide creative person centred support packages to meet individual needs
Hi I'm Alex, I joined County Care as a rota administer in June 2013 after graduating from University with a degree in Criminology. This was an exciting opportunity for me in my personal development, as the majority of my previous experience had been focused on caring for the elderly. Through my time as a rota administrator I have attended a variety of different training courses to further my understanding of the sector. During this time I also achieved a Diploma level 3 in health and social care. In January 2015 I was promoted to a Team Leader which allowed me to continue to learn and develop my skills within County Care. We have a fantastic team here and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for County Care.
I started with County Care in March this year in the role of the Project Lead for the Woking Community Skills Project, prior to this I worked for a local charity supporting individuals with learning disabilities in Woking, over the years I had many different roles with them working with both children and adults with my final role managing the Under 18’s Services in Woking and Camberley. I have also in the past worked as a Family Support Worker supporting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable children and their families who were involved and entering Family Court Proceedings. I am really looking forward to running the Woking Community Skills Project, a position where I get to work with lots of different people, one where no two days will be the same and one where anything is possible. Having seen the amazing achievements the Horley Community Skills Project have made I am excited to see what the Woking project has in store!
I have worked in the care sector for over a year now. Having worked for 8 years in a mainstream school setting supporting children with autism and learning difficulties, I felt a change was needed. I began working with County Care as a Community Support Worker and have moved up to become a team leader. You can really see the difference we make to someone's life and I feel that it's a great privilege to work with the service users, their families and of course the staff!
I have been with County Care since 2011. I started off working as a community support worker before I was given the opportunity to become a member of the operations team in 2013 as the Referral and Assessment Coordinator. I love my job and have the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing, inspirational people. From a young age I always wanted to work with and help others and receive incredible job satisfaction. I am a qualified Occupational Therapist and have experience working in various care settings from elderly care to working with refugees and asylum seekers. I have recently became a qualified First Aid Instructor.
In 2010 Grant along with Maria Shinn had a vision of bringing together an agency that not only provided a first class support service but one that also delivered a diverse multitude of opportunities for Adults with Learning Difficulties and Mental Health issues and so County Care was born. Prior to County Care Grants career spanning just over 20 years delivering Information business solutions for some of the largest international corporations in Retail, Media and Pharmaceuticals.
Helena Joined County Care in April 2015 to develop County Care Provision in Lincolnshire. Helena has been working in Health and Social Care since 1992. Much of her experience was acquired whilst working for a Specialist Provider of Care and Education for young people with a learning disability. Her life in the care sector began as a Residential Houseparent promoting independent living skills alongside making sure all care needs were met. She has also been registered manager for both learning disability homes and older adult residential care homes all of which were registered with the Care Quality Commission.Within 2 years Helena started her progression up the management level and became assistant principal for College Residential Services. This involved monitoring and developing services. Having a real passion for supporting young people Helena always ensured that she spent time with service user’s this was despite her having a strategic role. Helena has many qualifications in care, education and management. She takes pride not only in the service she has provide for service users but also how she has developed staff and cascaded her knowledge through training and advise. Helena was born and raised in Lincolnshire, she is married and in her spare time enjoys running, spending time with family and friends and her dog.
I started with County Care back in 2012 and it has been amazing to see how the company and the service user’s have all come on such a long way in a short time. I had no care background before coming here, but now I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else! One of my favourite things about County Care are all of the social activities and trips that we run; seeing everyone together, doing purposeful activities and having a great time is one of the best things about my job. It’s a great place to work and be part of.
Jaine joined County Care in November 2013 on a temporary assignment and never left! She was bowled over by the dedication and kindness of all the staff and could not resist wanting to also do her little bit to help make a difference. It was a very different working world to the one she was used to in Corporate land but found working for County Care far more rewarding and fulfilling. Jaine is looking forward to growing with the company now and in the future and also sunning herself on the beach with an ice cream near the new office in Skegness.
Hi my names John. My work life really started when I was 18 and joined the army as an infantry soldier, this helped me gain life Skills and build my confidence actively serving in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. After 13 years service I decided to leave to pursue a new career in Care. I worked for 3 years in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities. Finding my feet fast and discovering my great passion I have for this work, I soon found myself one of the senior members of staff looking after the 7 residents, making sure each residents care was catered for and giving them their independence to live the fullest life they can. I have also worked for my local charity, leading outings and supporting adults and children with learning disabilities. In November 2015, bringing together all my experience and knowledge over the past few years I joined the County Care family as the Activities coordinator for the Community Skills project (Woking). This was a great new challenge for me where no two days are the same and every day I see our service users grow with new skills and knowledge to aid in their independent living. I have recently been handed the baton to lead the Community Skills Project in Epsom and looking forward to the new challenges and prospects of creating some new projects for our service users to get stuck into. Watch this space!
I was born in Zimbabwe where I lived for 7 years before moving to South Africa. My childhood in Durban was full of fun surrounded by my family and all my cousins. We had a great life. My work life started at 16, in line 9 of a local supermarket. I was in charge of packing toilet roles. Heh it paid for my nights out. I studied fashion design at college which led me to a job working in retail. I loved fashion retailing and then in 97 I made the ambitious decision to move to the UK. To save for the move I started to wait tables in a restaurant. It was such a good laugh. After arriving in the UK I went back to retail, first as a supervisor in French Connection working my way up to Assistant Manager , then moving to Selfridges to run a ladies fashion concession. It was my retail career that taught me about customer service and teamwork. I made some great friends and we had fun every day. After 10 years it seemed natural to move into NVQ apprenticeships. I wanted to use my experience to help train people to gain qualifications in retail. I liked the ‘on the job learning’ aspect of NVQ’s believing that there are other routes to take to a career and its not all about a college education. My time with NVQ’s was very varied but my best time was spent with London Youth where I helped set up a program called Volunteer It Yourself. Working with builders I helped youth groups learn entry level qualifications to practical building skills. As if by magic my life took a new turn in 2014 and I found County Care. I now proudly run the Community Skills Project in Horley and I feel that I have found my true calling. I am helping a group of young adults become the best they can be developing skills that will help them get the best from their lives. At CSP we pride ourselves on the fact that we always say yes. Every day we learn something new and we work as a team to learn skills that will make us all valued members of a community. We encourage the group to try new things; sporting activities , cooking something they may never have tried before; supporting local events; working in our CSP garden. Every day is different. The group are making huge leaps forward. Two of our guys have just secured volunteer work at the Walled Garden Restaurant in Tilgate Park. One of the team has just learnt to swim at the age of 25 which is amazing. And each week 3 of our members work alongside our CSP Garden Designer learning gardening skills. Who knows what will happen next. Just expect it to be loud, fun and inspirational.
Hi. My name is Lucy and I joined County Care in May 2013. I graduated from University in Civil Engineering and worked as a Maths and Physics teacher before moving to the UK in 2004. I then worked in Finance for several years before deciding to do something more rewarding, working with children. Eventually, I started working with County Care as a Support worker, then as a field supervisor and now I am a Team Leader. Over the years I completed Diploma 3 in Social Care with emphasis on Learning Disabilities as well as many other level 2 qualifications connected with my work. I am a hard worker, passionate about my job at County Care. I love to teach Service Users new skills and help them to achieve their goals and enjoyed leading our CSP Art group. I also like to be there for staff, helping them with issues and encouraging them in their career development as well. I am keen to help County Care deliver the best service we can to clients we look after.
Hi, I'm Mandy. Some people may know me as Amanda, but that is only when it's official things! I joined County Care in July 2015 to lead on the Community Skills Project in Lincolnshire. I have been working in the learning disability field since 1997 undertaking various roles within the 16 years that I was there.
Throughout my career I have worked within health and social care as well as education and have had managerial responsibilities in my roles since 2008. Alongside my experience with working with people with a disability I hold a Certificate of Education and Level 3 Institute for Leadership and Management amongst others.
A couple of years ago I decided on a change in career and moved to a training company. I am pleased I did this change, as I think I did need to do it to experience it. However, sadly it was not for me; somehow it just didn't feel right.
Then an opportunity arose with County Care. Every day is different; I enjoy challenges and spending time with service users. Seeing their progression, even the very small steps, is satisfaction in itself.
Hello, I'm Miranda. I started working at County Care in May 2015 after I finished my Psychology degree in Southampton. Initially I wasn't sure what path I wanted to go down after university so I started at County Care as an office administrator, picking up tasks around the office and helping in finance. In August I became the recruitment coordinator which was a completely new role for me as well as for County Care. From this role I have gained so much experience, skills and have grown as a person and I look forward to what the New Year will bring.
I joined County Care towards the end of May 2015 as I was looking for another challenge in my working life and more hours. I began my working life as a Receptionist for a firm of Accountants and gained an NVQ in Business Administration whilst working there. I then progressed on to become a Secretary for a Further Education College which provides education and support to people with learning difficulties. Within this company I was promoted to Senior Secretary and then Administrative Support Manager, managing a team of 9 secretaries across two sites. I then worked as an Administration Assistant for a care home and was responsible for looking after the residents personal monies and keeping accurate records of this. However, this position was only part-time and I required a full time position, hence moving to County Care. I am thoroughly enjoying working at County Care and enjoying working with people with learning difficulties again and the satisfaction that this provides when they achieve their goals.
I have worked in the care sector for 2 years now. County Care provides great opportunities not only to those we support but also to their staff. With County Care I have achieved my Mental Health Awareness Level 2 qualification and my level 3 Health and Social Care qualification. I started off as a support worker within the company, working my way up to being a rota administrator and now a regional team leader. I have a passion for promoting independence and equality and I am honoured to be able to incorporate my passion into my work daily by being a part of County Care.
Hi, my name is Symon-Lee James and I am in my third year with County Care. I have been on a fantastic journey since joining the company and I have loved every minute of it. I enjoy the many challenges the job presents. Every day excites me as much as the previous, recognising that I have made positives attributes to peoples lives. I am particularly passionate about seeing our client’s confidence grow and knowing that my duty within the company has helped them to develop their independence, giving them a brighter future. I appreciate that this role has allowed me to acquire a huge understanding of the care sector. I believe that I have found my lifelong profession with a company where I can feel the work that I do makes such a difference to those who truly deserve it.