Family affair for care worker mum & daughter at Westmead
Activities co-ordinator Jodie Warren is proving to be a chip off the old block when it comes to playing an important part in the lives of residents at a Valorum Care scheme.
Jodie Warren, 24, works alongside her mum, Georgina, at Westmead House in Braunton, Devon, as well as the residents she has known most of her life.
Jodie explained: “My mum has worked here for 30 years so I have grown up knowing many of the residents. My brother, Liam, and I have spent so much time at the scheme over the years, enjoying events like Christmas with the residents. It feels like we are one big family.”
She graduated with a degree in theatre and performance and then spent two years in Beijing, China, teaching English. When she arrived home as the pandemic started, her mum suggested her degree would make her the perfect candidate for being the scheme’s activities co-ordinator.
Jodie added “I’m the scheme’s first activity co-ordinator and I love the role. The job just can’t help lifting your spirits when you see what a difference it makes to residents.”
She runs a variety of activities, from bingo and baking to music and quizzes, as well running themed activities such as music month and animal month.
Team leader and Jodie’s mum, Georgina Warren, said: “Jodie and her brother have grown up around the scheme. They have known nearly all the residents most of their lives so it is like an extension of our family
“I knew Jodie would be suited for the role, so I was delighted when she said she’d like to give it a go. She has really helped to brighten up the lives of residents during the difficult months of the pandemic. And how lucky am I being able to work alongside my daughter? Very lucky.”
The Valorum Care scheme specialises in supporting people who have varying needs as a result of physical and long-term neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, dysphagia, learning disabilities and acquired brain injury.