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Children's home manager

Paula joined St Christopher’s as part of our management trainee programme in the West Midlands. She is now deputy manager of one of our children’s homes, leading a staff team to care for and support the young people who live there.

What attracted you to your new role?

I came to St Christopher’s as a trainee manager because it was a great opportunity for me to develop my skills and gain more knowledge in management.

What has been the main difference in this role to your previous one?

There are a lot more challenges in this role but this is enabling me to learn new skills and understand the nature of a management role within a residential setting

Have you experienced any challenges in your new role?

Mainly dealing with COVID-19 and ensuring the young people and staff are safe.

What has helped you settle in?

Support from the management team has been amazing. I can’t thank them enough locally in the West Midlands and from the central teams in St Christopher’s main office. Also the excellent training that I am receiving in relation to my new role has made a big difference.

Has there been anything that surprised about your role?

No surprises, but what I will say that every day is different and this makes it more enjoyable.

What would you say to other St Christopher’s staff who are thinking of applying for a promotion?

I would say go for it, you really have nothing to lose. This is a fantastic opportunity, to develop your skills and knowledge in residential care. 

Would you like a career that offers progression, development and the chance to make a difference to young people’s lives? Check out our current vacancies and join our team.