3 Sandhills Cottages
Dorset DT9 5LE
Telephone: 07827 961682
Provider Name: Life and Liberty Ltd
My aim for Life & liberty is to provide and manage a highly professional yet personalised support service for adults with Autism and/or Learning difficulties in Somerset.
Whilst growing up, I saw my brother battle with the lack of acceptance that his condition created in a naïve society. By developing ways to communicate with him, I was able to recognise some of his frustrations and make my family aware of his needs. Understanding his difficulties allowed us to form a strong support team for him, and each other, and allowed us all to respond in a constructive way. This experience allowed me to realise my natural empathy and ability to relate with those who face a diversity of challenges in everyday life. It also gave me the motivation to learn the complexities that affect others in similar situations so I can make a difference where posssible.
My career in care and support work began over 10 years ago and it was then that I expanded my affinity for working with the varying individual personalities that I came across. It was this understanding that stemmed my enthusiasm for my role within the industry and general work practice. It has also allowed me to progress through my career to a managerial role where I have been able to promote positive changes for clients and staff where ever possible.
Although I am pleased with the differences I have made throughout, I have also encountered frustrations whilst working for larger companies. These have made me review my priorities and identify what I believe creates the optimum environment for those providing the care, which ultimately offers the best service for those who need it.
My hope is for Life & Liberty to remain small enough as a company to maintain a personal approach in the service it offers. By creating a positive culture for the staff members I want to encourage enthusiasm, professionalism and loyalty amongst the team to give consistency and good practice. These features are essential to a quality service and will result in every employee and client feeling valued and self-motivated. Maintaining a smaller company will also avoid the financial pressures and changing dynamics experienced in the larger corporations. This freedom and personal input will enable Life & Liberty to consistently provide a person centred service.
If our commitments and values sound like the service you have been looking for please view our statement of purpose at life-liberty.co.uk and/or contact us to discuss your requirements.
Hendrik van Schalkwyk
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