Lizzie began working for The Trust in 2012 and is a support worker at two schemes in Scarborough. She is also in her second year of college studying for a degree in Health and Social Care.
Lizzie is a very dedicated person, she is positive, approachable, kind and caring. Nothing seems too much trouble and she does things with ease.
Lizzie very quickly became involved with The Seagulls Group and now she leads the way forward for the group.
The Seagulls Group is the service user group for Scarborough and Filey and they meet every six weeks to discuss all kind of topics, to have fun and be together. The following are some of the things that Lizzie has been involved in.
- Safeguarding and how to keep safe. Lizzie, with the support of one of the service users invited a fire officer and a police officer to give a talk about safety and security.
- Recruitment and service user involvement and mock interviews. Lizzie supported the service users to create a list of their own questions which they now use, if they choose to, when conducting interviews with the support of their staff teams.
- Nutrition and nutrition workshops in the group were very successful as the knowledge has been useful in helping people to create healthy meals. Everybody also enjoyed eating the samples!
- Sponsored walks. The group decided to raise money for two of the local schemes; one bought a garden bench for their home which was unveiled at their Summer Garden Tea Party, much to everyone’s delight.
- Lizzie also supported the group to raise money for the Macmillan Nurses by hosting a coffee morning at the Trust Regional Office.
Due to Lizzie’s continuing support and involvement, the group has grown in confidence and some of the members chair their meetings and plan agendas. Lizzie makes people feel valued because she gives people time, she listens and supports them to make their ideas possible.
The Seagulls have off-shoot nights out too, there is a lads’ night out every few weeks where a group of the guys are supported to go for a game of pool and for a bite to eat at one of their local pubs. The girls have nights out where they may go to the cinema or a karaoke night.
It’s wonderful having someone like Lizzie working for the Trust, she is an inspirational person.