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Staff Spotlight: Olive’s Story

Hi, I’m Olive

I’ve been a part of the South Tyneside team at Moving On Tyne & Wear (MOTW) since the beginning of the programme back in 2017.  I’ve seen many changes since I started this job, no day is ever the same and I can honestly say I love what I do.  My job allows me to support people within my local community who need me, and I’m very proud to call myself a Support Worker for MOTW.

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A bit about me…

My background is in Adult and Community learning and I’ve always worked and supported the people within my local region of South Tyneside.  I’ve worked with the Youth offending team alongside many families to make a number of successful interventions, and I’m a qualified Domestic violence champion (trained from the Northumbria police) with extensive experience in Victim Support.  When I first started at MOTW I was an Innovator on the pilot Innovation project, and my findings helped shape how we do things today – something I’m really proud of 😊

What I do now…

My current role with MOTW sees me supporting our participants who have long term illnesses whether that be a physical or mental.  My caseload is made up of men and women who are a long way from the job market and struggling to cope, and I work with them on a one-to-one basis to help them move forward.  Each of my participants gets the support they need, at a pace that suits them – it’s all reflective of what they want to achieve.  This can be anything from moving into education, going into training or finding a suitable job.  Whatever their goals I work hard to help them achieve them, without pushing them too hard!

But that’s not it, I also run ‘The gym buddies’ scheme for participants who are over 50 years old, helping them to come out into the community and not only tackle their health issues but combat their isolation.  I also run the ‘self-awareness programme’ where participants can explore their emotions and build on their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.  This has really helped participants to continue on their road to recovery and become the very best version of themselves.

Looking forward…

As I find myself working from home due to the pandemic and local tier restrictions I am once again changing my way of working to adapt to the situation we find ourselves in.  I continue to run the self-awareness programme via Zoom and offer people the opportunity to take part in some virtual walks. But I’m really looking forward to these sessions being ran face-to-face again once it is safe for us to do so.

As MOTW enters its last year of delivery, I’m looking forward to playing my part and making a long and lasting difference to the people within the South Tyneside community.

If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from the support and advice of MOTW then please get in touch.

You can call us on 0191 217 3206 or email enquiries@motw.org.uk

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