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The Team

Meet The Team

Directors

Sue

May 12th, 2016 Real Lives
Sue

Sue, Co-Director

“I’m a non salaried co-director of Real Lives. Before setting up Real Lives with Nicole and Poppy I worked for 30 years in mental health services initially as a clinician and for many years as a manager.

Real Lives provides us opportunity to invest in and develop our PALs whilst providing people with a service that is designed for them. 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, Co-Director

“I worked for Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust for many years before setting up Real Lives with Sue. I am also a non salaried Director of Real Lives and Crocus Café. I’ve worked as a community nurse, a team manager and lastly as the project manager for the Peer Support Service. I found my involvement with peers to be truly life changing. It demonstrated to me the gifts, talents and strengths of the people who use mental health services and showed 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.”

Management

Poppy

November 28th, 2018 Real Lives
Poppy

Poppy, Head of Operations

Manages day-to-day operations at Real Lives.

Fay

November 28th, 2018 Real Lives
Fay

Fay, Assistant Manager

Manages day-to-day operations at Real Lives.

Ann

November 15th, 2018 Real Lives
Ann

Ann, Business Manager

Manages the business interests of Real Lives.

Admin

Darren

November 16th, 2018 Real Lives
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Darren, Admin

Administrator at Real Lives and answers the company’s main landline phone number.

 

Meet our PALs

Liz

September 22nd, 2017 Real Lives

Liz

Name: Liz Age Range: 45 – 65
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Bike & Public transport
Working Week: I am available to work Monday to Wednesday 12-5pm and Thursday & Friday 9-5
Support Style:My support style is open and positive. I enjoy getting to know people, listening and chatting. I am patient and reliable – if I say I’m going to do something I’ll 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 – to go to appointments or meetings with people, sorting out things at home, and completing forms etc.

I enjoy finding out what people are interested in, as well as sharing my interests. I like going out and about, walking, riding my bike, going to parks. I enjoy galleries, the cinema, being creative, listening to music, playing games and yoga. I like making things – clothes, jam, wine, I’ll have a go at most things!

Meaningful Quote:
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

Causil

November 1st, 2016 Real Lives

Causil

Name: Causil Age Range: 40-50
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Car
Working Week: I am available to work at Real Lives Monday – Friday 9-5
Support Style:I love being a PAL as I enjoy meeting new people, chatting and going out in the community, however I am also good at working in the home with people and helping them manage their household tasks. I am caring towards my clients and I feel supporting people comes naturally to me. I have worked with people who have lots of different experiences, difficulties and potential. I think I have a lot of patience also I have a life experience in care work, and have built on this in lots of ways by working at Real lives. I have lots of interests including horse riding, keeping fit, swimming, walking, shopping and generally socialising with people.
Meaningful Quote:
Have patience. Things manifest in divine order.

Nigel

October 19th, 2016 Real Lives

Nigel

Name: Nigel Age Range: 55 – 65
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Car and Public Transport
Working Week: I am available for work at Real Lives Mon – Fri 9-5pm
Support Style:Relaxed and Person Centered. I like to help empower people to make decisions which will have a positive impact on their lives. I have a previous career in engineering which surprisingly perhaps has furnished me with a host of interpersonal skills that I have been able to bring to my role with Real Lives, such as communicating with a diverse variety of people from all walks of life. I have experience of recovery focused principles gained from attending the Nottingham Recovery College. I am a good listener and problem solver. I am also a keen advocate of Mindfulness, having taken an accredited course and which I still practice regularly. I like to work in a laid back and easy going manner and at a manageable pace. Supporting people to live the lives they want to, as much as possible and to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Anything is possible. I like to walk and jog for fitness, for relaxation I love to read and listen to music. I am even learning to play the ?ukulele?albeit not very well.
Meaningful Quote:
I can’t change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Fay

October 19th, 2016 Real Lives

Fay

Name: Fay Age Range: 25 – 30
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Car/public transport
Working Week: I work at Real Lives Monday to Friday 9-5
Support Style:I have just finished a degree in health and social care and I have worked with Real Lives for 3 years. I enjoy working with a wide range of different people both male and female. I am down to earth and have a casual working style in a non-judgemental way. I enjoy helping organise and attending peoples appointments, and enjoy helping out around the house. I appreciate walks and going for food within the community.
Meaningful Quote:
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Mike

November 26th, 2016 Real Lives

Mike

Name: Mike Age Range: 18-35
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Public Transport
Working Week: I am available to work at Real Lives Monday – Wednesday & Friday 9-5
Support Style:I enjoy working at Real Lives as it gives me the opportunity to talk to people from all kinds of different backgrounds. I enjoy computer games as well as football. I support Nottingham Forest and currently have a season ticket for them. During support sessions I’m open to doing all sorts from rock climbing and bike rides to cinema and shopping. I have experience of working with clients with mental health experience and learning disabilities and previous experience working with children. I am naturally empathetic and have a friendly approach, I enjoy learning new approaches and gaining new experience.
Meaningful Quote:
Never judge a book by its cover.

Adam

October 31st, 2016 Real Lives

Adam

Name: Adam Age Range: 20-35
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Car and Public Transport
Working Week: I am available to work at Real lives Mon-Fri 9-5
Support Style:Relaxed and flexible. I work well with people of all ages and both men and women. I have a good track history for doing good cleans, shops and helping people organize their homes. I am calm and person centred.
Meaningful Quote:
Peace begins with Love.

Naomi

October 20th, 2016 Real Lives

Naomi

Name: Naomi Age Range: 25-35
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Car/public transport
Working Week: I work at Real lives Mon 12-5, Tues 12-5 & Thurs 12-5
Support Style:I enjoy working with people in a collaborative way to support them to achieve things. I am happy to work flexibly with people to try to find creative solutions to difficulties and encourage them to set and work towards their goals. I am quite a friendly and open person. I have experience of dealing with different staff and agencies and don’t mind supporting people with practical matters.
Interesting fact:
I used to live on a boat and once did a sky dive for charity.

Pete

October 20th, 2016 Real Lives

Pete

Name: Pete Age Range: 30-40
Job Role: PAL
Mode of Transport: Public Transport & Car
Working Week: I work at Real Lives Tue, Thu & Fri 9-5
Support Style:Recovery-focused, person-led support drawing upon personal lived experience and numerous peer support and carer training courses, such as the NHS – Open University accredited Peer Support Worker training. 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.
Meaningful Quote:
At the centre of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and you know what you want.

Poppy

October 19th, 2016 Real Lives

Poppy

Name: Poppy Age Range: 25 – 35
Job Role: PAL and Head of Ops
Mode of Transport: Car
Working Week: I work at Real Lives Mon, Thu & Fri 9-5
Support Style:I am an OT by background, but I have worked at Real Lives from 2012 and my work now is managing the day to day running of real lives, setting up and planning packages and helping match PALs to clients. I work in a casual, friendly manner, and I like organising things like finances, homes, routine I am happy to be as creative as possible to reach goals.
Meaningful Quote:
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 

 
 

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