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The Team

Meet The Team

Sue

May 12th, 2016 Real Lives

Sue

Sue

Sue
Non-Salaried Co-Director

“I worked for 30 years in mental health services initially as a clinician and for many years as a manager. Real Lives has given us opportunity to invest in and develop our workforce whilst providing people with a service that is designed for them, as well as running the lovely Crocus café. I want to contribute to a positive, recovery focused culture, making sure there is lots of fun and laughter along the way.”

 

Nicole

March 26th, 2016 Real Lives

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole
Non-Salaried Co-Director

“I worked for Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust for many years before setting up Real Lives as a non-salaried co-director. I worked as a community nurse, a team manager and lastly as the project manager for the Peer Support Service, all demonstrating to me that what people really need is someone to believe in them, the chance to develop their skills and the opportunity to use them in their daily lives.”

 

Ann

November 15th, 2018 Real Lives

Ann

Ann

Ann
Business Manager

Management

“I have worked in a healthcare setting in an admin capacity for over 30 years. I am passionate about supporting people with mental health problems and proud to work at Real Lives, a company that makes a real difference to those we support, where the company ethos is to treat everyone as a person and not a number! My main role is to keep the building up and running and make sure all the paperwork is in order.”

 

Darren

November 16th, 2018 Real Lives

Darren

Darren

Darren
Accounts and Payroll Administrator

“Having worked in the not-for-profit sector for the last 19 years providing administrative support to a number of Nottingham-based charities and community organisations, I have gained great satisfaction in helping to support the local community and particularly those residents in need. I enjoy being part of the Real Lives family and in helping make a difference to people’s lives. I work full-time in the office and will usually be the person at the other end of the phone for anyone wishing to ring the office phoneline.”

 


 

Fay

October 19th, 2016 Real Lives

Fay

Fay

Fay
Operations Manager

“I have worked at Real Lives since 2014 when studying for my health and social care degree. I am down to earth and have a casual working style in a non-judgemental way. I enjoy helping organise where needed, attending people’s appointments, helping out around the house, as well as community activities such as walking and groups. In 2018 I became Assistant Manager, this role now includes setting up and co-ordinating packages, developing wellness and safety plans and supervising PALs.”

 

Jennie

September 16th, 2021 ann.clayton

Jennie

Jennie

Jennie
Clinical Lead

“For the past 32 years I have worked in mental health for the NHS I have taken early retirement ( I’m still young at heart) and I feel I still have a lot more to offer. I am really excited to join the Real Lives Family and am committed to providing a holistic approach to individual’s needs, giving a tailored plan of care to support and recovery.

I love to laugh and hear laughter; I so believe laughter is the best medicine.

I am a bit of a chatterbox so will stop here and welcome you to join us.”

 



Julie

September 13th, 2019 Real Lives

Julie

Julie

Julie
PAL and Mentor

“Having worked for Real Lives since 2013 I have a good understanding of the ethos and have developed my role within the company, I love working here as I am passionate about recovery, peer support and ensuring people receive the care they deserve. I have experience supporting clients in many activities such as meetings, appointments, housing, community inclusion… I also am a PAL mentor within Real Lives so I support new workers get started on their journey as a PAL where needed.”

 

Causil

November 1st, 2018 Real Lives

Causil

Causil

Causil
PAL

“I have worked for Real lives since 2015 and I am passionate about community support work, and enjoy caring for and encouraging people to reach their goals. I am an active and motivated person and Horse riding is one of my passions alongside the gym, swimming, shopping and walks. I feel I am easy to get on with, I give my all in helping people out and I have a lot of compassion and care to share in my working role, whilst being efficient in the more practical tasks!”

 

Liz

September 22nd, 2017 Real Lives

Liz

Liz

Liz
PAL

“My support style is open and positive. I enjoy getting to know people by listening and chatting. I am patient and reliable – if I say I’m going to do something I will do my best to make sure I do. I like supporting people to find solutions and am happy to find out about different options, so people can make choices that suit them. I’m happy to support people with different tasks. I enjoy finding out what people are interested in, as well as sharing my own interests.”

 

Sarah

October 7th, 2013 Real Lives

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah
PAL

“I have worked at Real Lives since 2020. I enjoy supporting people with tasks around their homes (cleaning etc.) and community, such as shopping and keeping appointments, such as medical and beauty, and like to think that I am helping them live more comfortably and independently. My hobbies outside of work are walking my dog, crafting – eg crochet & painting, watching movies and just chilling listening to music.”

 

Xina

October 7th, 2013 Real Lives

Xina

Xina

Xina
PAL

“My work history includes Ambulance Technician, Systems Analyst, and have spent the last 4 years working as an Outreach Support Worker; which I love as I really enjoy working with people out and about in the community and celebrating every goal we set ourselves. I really enjoy getting to know the people I work with and finding the best way to help them achieve their goals, in their own unique way. I am a relaxed, goal-oriented person who believes in the power of taking small steps. My hobbies include trying to grow food on my allotment, long walks in nature, films, science, nature, and spending time in the lovely Crocus Cafe. ”

Pete

September 13th, 2019 Real Lives

Pete

Pete

Pete
PAL and Tech Support

“I have been working with Real Lives since 2013. I provide recovery-focused, person-led support drawing upon my own personal lived experience, training and work within mental health services. I value honesty and healthy, balanced approaches, taking small steps to reach the individual’s goals. I work very hard at organising myself in order to stay consistently reliable and dependable. I also work on the Real Lives IT systems and provide support to other members of staff.”

 

Adam

October 31st, 2018 Real Lives

Adam

Adam

Adam
PAL

“I have been a PAL at Real Lives since 2014 and in that time supported a number of clients. I am able to be a consistent role model in a someone’s life and adapt with them as their journey develops. I would say my support style is relaxed and flexible. I work well with people of all ages, both men and women. I have a good track history for doing good cleans, shops and helping people organise their homes. I am currently studying at University and I enjoy Yoga and other sports.”

 

Rachel

October 7th, 2013 Real Lives

Rachel

Rachel

Rachel
PAL

“I became a support worker because I like to make a difference to someone’s day. That can mean cleaning the bathroom, doing some paperwork or supporting someone to a social event. I am focused on the needs of the person I am supporting and am happy to learn about their interests. I like making things and enjoy arts and crafts. I like visiting local art exhibitions. I like reading and visiting bookshops. I enjoy going to the cinema. I am not very active so I would like to start some (gentle) exercise. I have two years of experience working as a support worker. I have a degree in Health and Social Care.”

 

Chris

October 7th, 2012 Real Lives

Chris

Chris

Chris
PAL

“I first got involved with Real Lives around 8 years ago as a volunteer in the Crocus Cafe. My time at the Crocus was key to my own mental health recovery. After a number of years working with the Crocus Cafe, I was able to build the confidence and stability to enter paid employment in food using the experience I gained there. Having pursued this successfully for a few years, I have come back to Real Lives to help others live their lives as happily and independently as possible and to move into the care sector. I love to help others and I am a very supportive person; I hope to enable others to access the support and passion of Real Lives to enable them to enter or continue their own recovery. Outside of work, my hobbies include handmaking visual art; writing, designing and running home-made Dungeons and Dragons adventure games as well as playing the game myself; board games; learning rap songs; cycling; cooking and slackline rope-walking.”

 

 
 

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