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Support Worker – Janet

Janet answers some questions about why she loves working for CLA…. 

Why did you decide to become a support worker?

I’m a hairdresser and a teacher by trade and have done lots of different things in my life including running a family business and being a Thermomix consultant. I love variety and working with people and to be honest, at this stage of my life I want to do rewarding work – it’s all about making a difference in people’s life for me.

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What do you do to relax?

I love to walk my dog Lucky on the beach or catch up with friends for a coffee. I’m a fan of historical fiction and like nothing better than getting stuck into a good book. I like pottering in the garden and of course adore cooking as you’d expect from an ex-Thermomix consultant! Spending time with my sons who are now 21 and 18 when they are in town is obviously also a big priority for me.

What’s the best thing about being a Support Worker?

It’s very rewarding to see progress being made in someone’s life. One of the people I support has grown considerably in confidence and ability over the time I’ve been involved in his team. This is very much a team effort and it’s so great to be part of helping someone to make decisions for themselves and have a more fulfilling life as a result.

What do you like most about working for CLA?

I have worked for many employers in my life and it’s very important to me to feel valued and respected by the people I work with and for. My Coordinators Fran and Val are very supportive and flexible and I really appreciate the way they remember to acknowledge my efforts when things go well at work. Even though CLA is a large organisation, I really feel like I’m valued and part of the team.