Hayley - OD Officer, Practice Education for Social Care
Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
My road to Wiltshire council has been a long and winding one! I spent many years post University working within the voluntary sector and spent some time volunteering abroad with VSO. It was during this time that I first worked alongside social workers and decided that the skill base, the professional values and the varied career path it offered was for me. I completed an MSC in social work at the university of Bristol and have worked, in various roles, as a frontline practitioner within children’s services since then.
During this time I was able to supervise and educate social work students and this fuelled my desire to begin focussing upon the next generation of social workers. My role for Wiltshire allows me to work with students, Universities as well as our frontline practitioners and I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to the sustainability of the profession.
My personal life revolves around my partner and son, we have a busy life and try to cram as much in as possible. I love exercise and try to fit in something active a few times a week, exercise helps me feel relaxed and happy- it also provides an outlet for the daily stresses that can build up. Having lived abroad for many years I still try to travel as much as possible and spent a lot of time saving up for the next big adventure- wherever it may be!
What would you say is the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
The best thing about working for Wiltshire is the team I work within. There is such a range of personalities and job roles, I never have a dull moment in the office. It also means I’ve learned a lot about the way in which the council runs and plethora of jobs there are out there.
My job allows me to spend a lot of time meeting with frontline social workers and developing social work students. They help me keep close to practice issues and I’ve enjoyed seeing some of our most talented students go on to qualify and apply for jobs with us. It’s good to know that my team and I have been part of that.
What’s the best way to start the day?
I’d love to say exercise or yoga or something equally as wholesome but I’m afraid that, for me, the best way to start the day has got to be a big cup of coffee, ideally in bed but on the train on the way into work is also fine. It’s become such a ritual for me- I love the smell of coffee and the context in which I have it- it’s always 5 minutes that I have as quiet time before the day really gets goin
What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying for a role at Wiltshire Council?
I’ve had a really good experience at Wiltshire council, from application to now working in my team. The offices are really nice spaces to work in and the council is commitment to smart working efficiently. I’ve been really impressed by the investment in and smart use of technology to help employees use their time well. If anyone was considering applying to the council I’d encourage them to spend some time in the office spaces to get a feel of the place. I’d also encourage applicants to visit their prospective teams to get an idea as to how they operate. My team are friendly, helpful and funny people and they are certainly the best advertisement for Wiltshire council that there is.