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.