MEET OUR STAFF - HELEN EARNELL
1. Who are you and what did you do before you joined us at Crawley Open House?
Ooh, good question, I am someone who loves to learn new skills, I have a curious nature – always googling subject matters I have little or no knowledge of to learn about them. Equally I like to experience different forms of culture, arts and entertainment through the medium of theatre productions.
2. How will you help our clients at your current position?
I am a caring and empathetic person who sees the bigger picture. No one can fully understand what has framed a person’s life experiences which led to them being who they are and why. If I can achieve good working relationships with residents/clients and I have helped them in achieving good results for themselves with improving their health and wellbeing and have gained their trust in doing so, I feel I have indeed helped them.
3. Are you originally from Crawley?
Yes, Originally. I only moved away 12 years ago. How did you hear about COH? I knew of Crawley Open House from when I lived in Crawley.
4. Why choose to work at COH?
I have previously worked for and volunteered for Charities and I liked the concept of helping a good cause in practise, kind of like ‘giving my time and life experiences to society’ as well as learning experiences from others.
5. What were some of your expectations before joining COH?
Being able to assist others in times of need with their health and wellbeing, and to make a positive change where possible.
6. What are some of the goals you would like to achieve at COH?
Have a clearer view of different aspects and situations to assist me in helping with various health situations and wellbeing for Crawley Open House Residents.
7. Like at any job, working at COH can become stressful sometimes, so what do you do for fun?
I see friends, go for walks with them, gardening, if my husband is off shift and weather permits spend a day, weekend or holiday on our narrowboat, go to the theatre, go out for the day to a place of historic interest, and I am currently spending my free time studying on a distance learning course for Level 2 Counselling skills.