Q&A with Natasha Wilde, Case Manager

Natasha Wilde

1.    Where are you from?

I was born in Stockport but raised in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I am the oldest and have three brothers and a sister.

2.    Where did you study?

I went to school in Macclesfield and then went to college in Manchester,  I travelled there and back every day on the train, just because they did the course that I wanted to do!  I then moved to Lincoln to complete my first Degree in Community Arts and  I then completed a Master’s in Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University. It’s great to be able to give something back in terms of offering the next generation a work placement here at AMS CM. (Read more here) 

3.    Where did you work previously? 

I’ve done loads!  – I worked in Pontins for a season as a Blue Coat! I then went abroad for three years and worked as a travel rep for a holiday company. I then returned to the UK and worked in a restaurant as a team leader. That’s when I decided to go to university and from that I worked in schools and colleges for ten years as a performing arts specialist.

From there I developed an interest in working with young people and went into youth work and that led to going to university again to obtain a social work qualification. Since then, I’ve worked in local authority as a social worker in Calderdale Halifax and Bury. It was there that I had a couple of clients that had an ABI and that’s how I got into case management – I found it fascinating!

4.    What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Routine and my kids – they don’t let me lie in past 7am!

5.    What’s an average day look like for you?

Gym – drop off the kids – office – breakfast – catching up with emails – calling clients – often home visits – meetings with therapists/solicitors/writing reports – then home.

There is never any-day that is the same, you just don’t know what the day will bring!

6.    What’s been the single best moment of your career?

Getting my Masters. Completing a 15,000-word dissertation was the hardest thing career wise that I have ever had to do. I’m really proud of it, I had it bound and everything!

7.    Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Hopefully still in case management, being requested by solicitors to manage their clients needs. 

8.    If you didn’t do this job – what would you do?

If I could go back and start again, I would have been a solicitor dealing with really horrible serious crimes or a detective in the same area. That would be hard though because I couldn’t look at dead bodies or anything like that! …. but I think it’s interesting. Failing that, I’d be in local authority social work still as I enjoy social work  and helping people. 

Find out more about Natasha here.

 

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