Jo marks 25 years at Corner House

28 February 2017

A manager of a Mansfield care home for people with learning disabilities is celebrating 25 years of supporting people to live a better and more independent life.

Jo marks 25 years at Corner House

Jo Hardwick was just 21 when she started as a bank care worker for Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Corner House.

Working two fulltime jobs to pay for her own home, Jo was also working evenings as a community support worker for a local NHS treatment and assessment unit.

After three years of dedicated work with the residents of Corner House, Jo gave up the second job when she was appointed assistant manager at the service in 1994 and later manager in 2001.

Jo’s career at the home has seen her witness the introduction of the Care Quality Commissionin 2009 – a move she says has since provided more protection, both for residents and staff, in the care sector – and also the acquisition of Corner House by SSL in 2012.

She said: “The acquisition by Sanctuary was fantastic as there have since been more resources available for the service; we’re getting a £400k refurbishment for the property this year, for example, which will give our residents the most up-to-date facilities.”

In recent years, Jo’s stewardship of the service has seen it reach out to the wider learning disability community in the county through events, activities and workshops, which residents themselves have played a key role in shaping.

It was this commitment to helping improve opportunities for the learning disability community as a whole that netted Jo and her team the National Learning Disability Award for Citizenship in 2014.

Her dedication to Corner House isn’t unique within her team either; her deputy manager, Janice Spencer, has spent 15 years at the home.

Jo said: “We are quite a long-term staff team and that only benefits residents as we’ve been able to concentrate more on personalised care rather than spending time training new staff.”

She added: “Working with the residents and the dedicated team we’ve had here over the past 25 years has been a blessing for me and I’m so proud to see how far the service has come.

We’ve become like a large family in a lot of ways and, because our residents are here for the long-term, I’ve been able to get too know each one of them very well, learn what they want out of life and, hopefully, help them to realise it.

Jo Hardwick, SSL Scheme Manager

We’ve become like a large family in a lot of ways and, because our residents are here for the long-term, I’ve been able to get too know each one of them very well, learn what they want out of life and, hopefully, help them to realise it.

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