Gary French Personal Assistant

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Gary French


Mobile: 07422 651039
Email: converge996@outlook.com

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As a Personal Assistant I aim to provide support for people that enables them to experience life as they hope it can be. Safe, with dignity, empowered, listened to and respected, and why not-fun!

In the morning I like my coffee a particular way, getting that right is always a good start to my day. Helping people with day to day living can lead onto bigger ideas and adventures. Getting the morning tea or coffee right could kickstart a plan for a holiday, a de-clutter, visiting the seafront, making that phone call that's been put off too many times, filling out the form you have been worrying about, trying an adventurous meal, getting to talk to your GP about a new medication you're not happy about or visiting a friend you have been wanting to see for ages but haven’t got round to arranging.
In other words, working with someone to live life as well as they can, do the things they want to when they want to, and fulfill their potential, while experiencing enjoyment and fun in the day to day.

The services I provide are listed in the categories section

Coverage

Hastings, Ore, St Leonards - Bexhill for full day/s or nights only

Availability

No availability at present

Charging and related information

Mon-Fri £18:00ph
Mon-Fri Evening £20:00ph (From 6pm to 10pm)
Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays £21:00ph
Sleepover £12.50 ph
Waking Night £20:00ph
Weekends away/Holidays discounted rates by request
Tickets for the Personal Assistant using Public Transport & accessing Event Entrance - When the Personal Assistant is escorting the client to an event these costs will be at the client’s additional expense.

Expertise

I have spent the majority of the past 30 years working with people with issues around their Mental Wellbeing. In most of the roles I would have been supporting, or managing others to support people who were likely to have a range of issues that were impacting on them, including Mental and Physical Health, Personality Disorders, Learning Difficulties, Autism, Learning Disability, Acquired Brain Injury, Substance Misuse,Complex Trauma, PTSD and experience of financial hardship.
Working alongside the person receiving support to create together a relationship and foundation towards trust, that could help that person to identify the assistance they wanted and the goals they wished to achieve, understanding and taking ownership of their Plan and Risk Assessment and working to keep themselves and others safe from harm, or safer.
In this time I have attended at least 200 (probably nearer 300) training sessions and have developed and delivered training myself, alongside experts by experience in areas as diverse as ‘A guide to Mental Wellbeing’, ‘What is service user involvement?‘, A psychiatrists Guide to working with the Homeless’ I wasn’t the psychiatrist and ‘How to get what you want out of services’.

I enjoy many things, these days not least but very surprisingly gardening and washing up (time to think), I also love many kinds of music and going to gigs/concerts. I absolutely love Cinema and the visual arts, going to films,exhibitions and galleries regularly.
I am a keen cyclist and enjoy most sports, walking and nature. I have always been a reader and enjoy playing board games including chess, cards etc. I like meeting people and public transport (meeting people on public transport) and hence have never learned to drive. I am also interested in current events and keen on Green issues and the environment.

Experience

I have worked in the Care sector for the past 28 years. In that time I have worked with people experiencing a wide range of so-called issues that result in marginalisation from what is often described as ‘normal’ society.
I started as an Activities Support Worker for six people identified as having acute learning disabilities who lived in Community Housing in the early 1990’s. Great people, great job!
From there I moved to my first job in a Homeless Hostel, that I would go onto manage a decade later. Working again on Activities, Holidays and Involvement. Second great job and group of people
While working at the Hostel I visited an amazing Mind day center as part of my induction. There and then I decided I would work there one day if the opportunity arose, luckily it did. Supporting people with their Mental Health and developing strategies for wellbeing alongside helping to create a community for people who lacked acceptance, while empowering people who used Mental Health services to be heard and to help develop those services. It was an honour to become the center’s manager, this was an amazing job and place. On leaving I spent a summer in Mexico and on returning I was offered a role within the local Community Mental Health team supporting fourteen people in the community and in hospital. This was fascinating for me, working in the statutory sector for one, and for the first time being the ‘named’ support worker for individual clients in a community setting.
My next two roles were both managerial in the homeless sector where I was able to put into practice many of my ideas and beliefs around user-involvement and empowerment of people using services. I was also able to continue supporting clients with Complex Needs and began to devise and deliver training, always with people who used services.
I moved to Hastings 12 years ago and was employed as a manager with the new Home Works service, where again my remit included user involvement throughout the contract (easily the most rewarding part of the job) and then moved onto another managerial role in a Big Lottery national funding initiative to better understand how to support and empower people who live Complex lives, also known as Multiple and Complex needs.
The theme that links all these roles has been developing and putting into practice the understanding that the people who know best what services can do for them are the people that receive them. If workers actually listen and take people seriously then the outcomes they want become achievable and services begin to work better.
Before all this I did a whole range of manual based jobs, but the day that I walked into the house where the 6 people lived in 1993 changed my life.

Background

All training below is Support With Confidence approved
Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3
Moving and Handling of People and Objects
Introduction to the Role of the PA
Safe Handling of Medication for Independent Care Sector
Dignity in Care
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
Introduction to Autism
Autism and communication
Autism meltdowns and shutdowns

Enhanced DBS check/certificate
Up to date Public Liability Insurance

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