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    Heidi - Supported Housing Team Leader

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     My job involves supporting a small team of support workers within the Peartree site of the YMCA.  I help support the team with the daily life within the hostel including their rent management and the move-on process for residents who move into their own home.  I work in partnership with the Guinness Trust and it has been encouraging to see positive feedback from this housing association in relation to the clients we are placing with them and the on-going support they receive.  I am also actively involved in arranging a program in assertiveness training and resettlement & holistic therapy. 

     The best part of my job is the interaction with clients.  My vocation is to give my best to all involved with me and to give encouragement and support.  I like to use inspirational quotes, as many will know and this is one that sticks in my mind - “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves”.

     I enjoy working for the YMCA because I am able to be myself and support others, this not only helps others but keeps my peace within my own life.  I have just been to a Resident Development Programme presentation and this has shown the good work and hard work many have put in. What else do I need than to be part of this good work?