Lydia Evans

Staff Member

I started at Cartrefi Cymru in 2001 as a support worker - I instantly fell in love with my job. Prior to this I spent time as a nanny and a nursery assistant which gave me the foundations to move into supporting adults. I left Cartrefi after 4 years to explore working in the Day Centre setting. I returned to Cartrefi within a year as I missed having a community presence in my role, which I previously had as a support worker.

I have worked through a number of different roles within Cartrefi - as a Peri Manager I was lucky enough to work close to home in the beautiful Rhondda Valleys where I enjoyed meeting a vast amount of people, getting to know each person and their families. More recently I am a Service Manager within the Vale of Glamorgan, which is less hands on, although I always manage to fit the odd shift in!

For the last 4 years, twice a week I support a young boy with autism to take part in different activities. I have developed a fantastic bond with him and his family, we love to have a kick about in the summer and visit a local farm to do as many indoor activities as we can in the winter. The farm that we visit calls me every now and then to groom the dogs that they have there – I love doing this, but its far from a salon finish.

My hobbies are DIY – I am like a child with a kinder egg when it comes to a flat pack. I also love being away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, somewhere surrounded by nature, at the beach, woods or river. I love the sound of wildlife!.

Becoming a part of the Co-op was an easy ‘no brainer’ decision for me. I believe in its objectives and have seen Cartrefi grow in their support styles as a result. I believe that providing people with the opportunity and platform to have a say about the support they receive and the way in which they want to live their lives, is an amazing concept and should be given to everyone. By opening up the company and inviting employees, people we support and friends and family to join as members, and have a voice on how Cartrefi is run shows a ‘no skeletons in the closet’ approach which I respect. It makes me proud to be a part of such a forward thinking team!