“My career at Henshaws has spanned over 4 decades”

Maggie Pattison, Registered Manager, Henshaws Housing shares her journey throughout Henshaws over the past 30 years.

My career at Henshaws has covered many roles, but the satisfaction of the job has remained constant throughout.

It was a sunny day in September 1985 when I first started working at Henshaws College, as a part time House Parent Assistant. Maggie (1)After all this time, I still remember Jane, the first student I supported; going with her to town to buy the latest Bruce Springsteen album! I progressed to a full time role, becoming a Care Officer, and moving into intermediate housing. Along the way I’ve sidestepped into Student Housing, and the former deaf blind unit also.

More recently (as in 1999!) I’ve become Registered Manager of a Henshaws residential house. One of the great things about Henshaws is that I’ve worked my way up to this, from a care role to a team leader, becoming a scheme manager. The challenges don’t stop there though! I’ve recently accepted a temporary secondment as Acting Head of Student Wellbeing at Henshaws College. The issues college students face are different to those living in residential care (not least around funding), but the sense of satisfaction working directly to support people go beyond expectations is equally satisfying.

Maggie supporting TraceyI’ve seen a lot of changes at Henshaws over the years, beginning with the very first Henshaws house (we now have 10 residential houses, 3 home support services, and numerous supported living places). The needs of those using Henshaws have changed too, as we’ve moved away from primarily supporting people with a visual impairment, and now support people with a range of disabilities. I’m not the only one to have seen it all happen either! Another (more camera shy) Registered Manager has clocked up an impressive 35 years, beginning in the kitchen and progressing to Manager level via a secretarial role. There’s something about Henshaws that gets in your blood. The positive changes that you see in people’s lives become addictive. Supporting someone with a disability to do something they love, like rock climbing or tandem riding, is incredible, but it’s equally lovely to see them learn to meal plan or make a hot drink independently. I’m not sure I’ll manage another 30 years though!

If you’re looking for job satisfaction, check out our “Work for Us” webpage. We’ve got a variety of roles helping disabled people go beyond expectations, which could take you anywhere in the organisation.

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Maggie is Registered Manager of 2 of Henshaws Residential Care Homes. She is currently on secondment to Henshaws College, as Acting Head of Student Wellbeing.
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