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Local Area Advisors 2017-11-16T12:55:09+00:00

Our Local Area Advisors

TANIA BRYANT
TANIA BRYANTLocal Area Advisor

I’ve worked for Christies Care since a working holiday in 2004. I’ve been in my current role since 2013.

I love that there is so much variety – every day throws up something different.

I’m a National Trust and English Heritage member; enjoying great (free) walks in beautiful surroundings, with a nice cup of tea afterwards. I also enjoy travelling and reading. I am also ‘staff’ for my cat Sidney!

I have care experience myself and, over the years, have participated in many of the training courses offered by Christies Care, including induction and update training. So I like to think I can put myself in the carers’ shoes. It’s wonderful how one to one care can continue or improve a person’s quality of life – it doesn’t end with illness or accident, it just evolves!

JOAN PATON
JOAN PATONLocal Area Advisor

Having worked with Christies for over 10 years I’ve enjoyed exploring Scotland while meeting lots of interesting people. I find most potential clients are looking for options other than moving into a care home once they realise that a little more support is required for day to day living.

I’m also in the dual position of working for Christies & being a client (or the daughter of a client) & am very involved in my Mum’s care package – something that would never have been in my realm of thinking a few years ago! I’ve also learned a huge amount about my ability to care and about the costs & what financial assistance is out there.

When I have a little time to myself I’m usually volunteering at the Scottish Fisheries Museum – sailing & maintaining their 114 year old Fifie Herring Drifter ‘REAPER’!

LEN CAWTHRAW
LEN CAWTHRAWSenior Local Area Advisor

I have worked for Christies Care since 2004 and, regardless of the recent concerns about ‘zero hours contracts’, I enjoy being able to work, or not (in theory at least) when it suits me!

It was my then role as a Support Worker with Social Services that first brought me into contact with Christies, when I required a male live in carer for a client in East Yorkshire and it fixed my belief in live in home care as opposed to residential care.

A year later I started working with Christies Care and I still work full time for Social Services in East Yorkshire. It can be a little challenging to fit in all requests from Christies Care but I have pretty much enjoyed every minute so far.

HANNAH KENT
HANNAH KENTLocal Area Advisor

I have been working for Christies Care as an advisor since 2006. I love meeting, and getting to know people – clients, their families and carers. I hope that the work I do goes some of the way towards helping clients and their families through difficult times.

It’s wonderful to see clients of all ages living their lives in familiar surroundings and, as much as possible and with the support of their live-in carer, having control over how they do it. I have the greatest respect for our carers who, in many cases, put themselves out and show great commitment in order to assist their clients.

It’s very satisfying when things are running smoothly and when client and carer just ‘click’!

Outside of work I am lucky enough to be a trustee for an amazing charity called ‘Heart & Soul who work creatively with people with learning disabilities, putting them at the heart of everything they do. I recently got married and between us we have six children ranging in age from 8 to 20 years old so I’m busy with chauffeuring and diplomatic duties!

I love getting out in the countryside, especially by the sea; camping when weather permits and getting lost in a good book.

HEATHER BOYD
HEATHER BOYDLocal Area Advisor

I have worked for Christies Care for almost 8 years, 4 of those years as a Local Area Advisor. I have experienced many situations and met numerous clients and carers in this role. It has been a pleasure to be able to meet so many different people and have a productive part in the ongoing care being provided to clients that enable them to live independently in their own home.

The best part of my role is seeing an ongoing relationship develop between the care assistants and the client, the clients in my experience flourish and this is apparent when visiting, it’s very pleasing to witness. The care assistants do a sterling job often in difficult circumstances. My role encompasses a variety of tasks and situations which can at times challenge me and keep me busy thinking of some rather creative solutions, but all in a days’ work……..

I also work with the Youth Offending Team as a Voluntary Community Panel Member and on a session basis as a Victim Offender Mediator, I have been working with the Ipswich Team for well over 17 years.

I enjoy travel and exploring new cultures. I take great pleasure from socialising with friends and family. Some of my other interests include gardening, up cycling furniture and crafts.

ISABELLA KWIATKOWSKA
ISABELLA KWIATKOWSKALocal Area Advisor

I have worked with Christies Care for 8 years now, the last 5 as a Local Area Advisor, the job I truly enjoy. Two days at work are never the same and I can pretty much structure my own working days and weeks.

Being an advisor has meant I’ve met so many people and seen so many places that normally I never would. There is something extremely pleasurable about driving down the coast on a nice summer’s day and thinking “this is part of my job”! Well, there are moments when stuck in traffic on the motorway, you wish you’d stayed at home, but I try to focus on the positives.

Seeing the difference having a live-in carer makes to people is very uplifting as well as thought provoking. It is so great to see a good bond between carer and client. Although I like to think I took a little part in creating this, I think our carers are the heart of Christies Care – they make good things happen. Meeting people with life changing conditions puts a different perspective on life and its everyday problems. It is definitely an eye-opening process.

My free time is divided between house renovation (this tends to go on for ages), running, baking cakes, watching a good movie and reading a good book.

BRYAN ELLISON
BRYAN ELLISONLocal Area Advisor

I have worked for Christies Care since 2003, firstly as a care worker and now as a local area advisor. I used to get asked a lot by my friends why I work in the care industry and my answer was, and still is, that I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I have made a difference to someone’s life.

I feel that being a live-in carer has a life span and it depends on the carer and their circumstances how long that life span is as you do have to give up some of your independence to assist others with day to day living.

I believe I was coming to the end of my life span as a live in carer until the opportunity to become a LAA arose. It has given me the best of both worlds – I still feel as if I’m part of the care package, getting satisfaction from assisting people but also having some time to myself again.

Outside of work I love sport ,especially football and Newcastle United, and going to festivals like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight festival.

JACLYN BAGGOTT
JACLYN BAGGOTTLocal Area Advisor

“I started work for Christies in April of 2002 as a filing Clerk and moved on to become an Admin Assistant.

At the end of 2009 I became a part of what was, at the time, called the Client Care Advisor team before moving to my current role as Local Area Advisor Manager in the August of 2014.

My current role is very varied and offers the opportunity to meets lots of people. When visiting members of the advisor team I also get the opportunity to see parts of the UK that I would not otherwise have seen.

When I visit carers and clients I often feel privileged to see the difference that having a live in carer can make to someone’s life.

I enjoy travelling and have been lucky enough to spend time in Australasia, Asia, Africa and South America.

However, having recently become a home owner, my travelling days may have to be curtailed slightly.

In my spare time I enjoy looking after the veggie patch in my garden, walking my dog and reading a good book.”

JOHN HATSWELL
JOHN HATSWELLLocal Area Advisor

While working for a firm of solicitors in Hertfordshire practicing Criminal and Family Law my wife and I became aware that my step-son – who when very young was told that he had a Cyst on his brain and that subsequently he would experience challenges with learning – would likely benefit from support other than that which the local authority could provide. I spent six years being his main carer and happily, he is now living independently. Wishing to resume a career utilising my experience from both outside and inside the provision of care, I applied to and joined Christies Care in 2011.

Over the past four years I, like all of the office staff who work for the company, have completed the same induction course as new care workers, the same update training, the same Dementia, Parkinson’s, Mental Health, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis awareness courses as well as Emergency First Aid and I intend to enrol in all of the remaining courses Christies Care offers. When I meet with both prospective and existing clients I hope to be confident that I can provide the information when it is needed and where it is asked for.

I enjoy my work and the variety it offers but above all, witnessing the relationship that develops between those supported to remain independent and those that provide the support is the most satisfying part.

TIFFANY MEACHAM
TIFFANY MEACHAMLocal Area Advisor

I have only recently joined Christies Care as a Local Area Advisor though my background has always been in Care, having previously worked as a Health Care assistant for the NHS which was quite challenging at times.

Working for Christies Care is such a rewarding job, knowing that I’m helping people to remain living independent lives within their own home environment by providing one to one, 24 hour, live in care.

When I’m not working for Christies I enjoy travelling, socialising and am a voracious reader

STEVE ELLIOT
STEVE ELLIOTLocal Area Advisor

I first joined Christies in 2003 and I’m happy to be working for them still.
I enjoy working for a company who genuinely makes a positive difference to people’s lives and I have the privilege of witnessing these differences and their positive effects every day.

As a live-in carer myself for ten years I understand the hardships and sacrifices made by those who choose to take on this most anti-social, and at times thankless of jobs; but I also appreciate the rewards and satisfaction it can bring, especially to those who fully understand their role and how to best utilise the working structure that is offered with being a live-in carer.

I love living in London and I love to travel – the latter being something I did a lot more of when I was a live-in carer.

JOANNE HILL
JOANNE HILLLocal Area Advisor
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