I’ve been at MacIntyre for over a year now, and it’s safe to say that I love my job. I have met so many amazing people since I started working here and have had a lot of great experiences already.
My role is about telling the stories of MacIntyre. One of the best parts of my job is being able to travel around to different parts of the organisation (I’ve certainly become much more familiar with motorways since I started here!) and take a peek into the lives of both staff and some of the people we support. Not only do I visit various services, but I’ve also been lucky enough to join some of the fantastic groups that we have at MacIntyre.
So far I’ve visited most of the geographical areas we cover. I wish I could write about everyone I’ve met so far and every Great Interaction that I’ve witnessed… but I think that would be slightly too long!
By far the most unusual day I’ve had so far in this role was with the Inspired 4 Training (I4T) group – for all good reasons of course. But when I set off onto the motorway that morning, thinking about what the day might hold, I never thought I’d end up playing a game of giant snakes and ladders.
The game is one of the training tools the group use to demonstrate what Great Interactions look like. It’s a brilliant concept – each time someone lands on a square with an interaction on it, they have to explain if it’s a Great Interaction or a bad interaction, and why they think so. If it’s a Great Interaction, the person can go up the ladder, but if it’s a bad interaction the person has to go all the way to the bottom of the snake.
As well as being amazed at how creative the game was at instilling the message of Great Interactions in a fun and interactive way, I was also amazed at how well the group worked as a team to help each other out. Some of the group members were worried about ‘falling off’ the squares so were cautious about moving from one to the next; but both Alison and Carole (leading the group) made sure everyone was comfortable by helping them count the right number of steps to take, showing them how to role the dice, explaining clearly why each interaction was either Great or not, and encouraging each person to finish the board.
Once I’d finished the game (in third place, I might add) and stood back to take some photos of the group, I realised that I was undoubtedly witnessing heaps of Great Interactions in practice. It was wonderful to be a part of the group for the day and see all of the hard work that they do – thank you for having me and I look forward to coming back soon!