The Shared Lives South West team has said a fond farewell to Shared Lives Coordinator Jane Rolfe, who has left the organisation after almost ten years.
She has been a valued member of the team. We will miss her wealth of knowledge, honesty and compassion.
Many of the team came together to wish her all the very best and gave her vouchers to spend on crafting and gardening- her passions out of work.
“The amazing people I work with at Shared Lives South West are what I will miss the most. It is like a second home to me,” said Jane.
“The team is just so lovely, caring and thoughtful.”
Before joining SLSW, Jane worked for social services in the learning disability team in Ivybridge. There she helped a man who was struggling with his supported living placement. Shared Lives South West was mentioned as a solution for the man.
“I was so impressed with what SLSW was offering and before long a job came up working for the organisation,” said Jane.
“I had to apply and I got it.”
Changes over the ten years
Over the years, Jane has seen the charity grow, evolve and blossom.
“The core essence hasn’t changed, but we’ve smartened up our practices. We have got cleverer about doing things in a more timely manner,” she said.
“I’ve also seen new legislation come in which has been really good for the care sector.”
Jane has had many highlights over the years, including working with the parent and child placements.
“Working on our parent and child placements is emotionally tiring, but when you see how successful they have been you can’t help but feel really proud,” she said.
She has left SLSW to live closer to her daughter in Worcester.
“I’m moving up there and will take my take in getting a job as it’s such a big move,” she said.
Find out more about staff changes here