Kim - Principal Social Worker for Adults Social Care
Tell us a little bit about yourself (as much as you want to reveal!) -
I qualified as a social worker in 1986 and worked with people with learning disabilities for five years before moving to Learning and Development. I’ve been Adults Principal Social Worker for 3 ½ years. I’ve worked for Wiltshire Council for almost 28 years. I wrote a ‘Drabble’ for World Social Work Day – exactly 100 words on why I became a social worker:
My Gran was a helper – she looked after five children, husband and home, worked, would do anything for anyone, AND she was always knitting. She was a Home Help for the local WRVS. In the holidays I often went with her. I saw the work she did and the difference she made to people in their own homes, independent, often frail, usually lonely. Gran was doing heavy domestic work (washing floors, making coal fires, bringing in shopping) and all the while she was listening and talking and making a difference to all of them. That’s why I’m a social worker.
What would you say is the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
Meeting social workers who are passionate about and committed to the work they do to make a difference. I live in Frome so driving to Trowbridge, Devizes, Salisbury – wherever – is a beautiful commute.
What’s the best way to start the day?
A cup of tea – can’t do anything until I’ve had strong tea. Then feed the cat – he won’t let me do anything else
Who inspires you? -
A whole host of strong women – my Gran, my Mum, my daughter Abi, my sister Jill, my friend Penni and her daughter Hannah. They all influence and inspire me every day.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
I love Scandinavia, particularly Norway. The coastline is beautiful, breath-taking and invigorating. I was there mid-summer in 2017 and I loved 24 hours of daylight. I don’t need the dark.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve received?
The birth of my daughter in 1989 and her graduation day 22 years later. And everything in between and since!!
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Appeared on stage in a local production of Guys and Dolls. I know hundreds of people act and sing and dance every day but for me it was daring and terrifying and I’m never doing it again. I’m sticking to my backstage role of helping with costumes thank you very much.
What are three interesting facts about you?
I have a bronze medal for tap dancing and a silver medal for line dancing. I am from Frome (fifth generation born and bred as my Dad always used to say) and I love living there.
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
Films – Some Like It Hot – love Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and of course Marilyn Monroe in that film. The Truman Show – a mind-bending story which Jim Carey makes absolutely believable. (Almost) anything with Tom Hanks in.
Books – To Kill A Mocking Bird – everyone should read it.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying for a role at Wiltshire Council?