Meet the team – Clarissa Mitchell, Behaviour Technician
Clarissa Mitchell joined Green Light in July 2021 initially as a Support Worker, then Senior Support Worker, before being promoted to a Behaviour Technician in September 2022. Clarissa joined Green Light with extensive experience in health and social care in a range of settings. She is currently part of the September Lodge near Truro, led by Claire Thomas, whose team supports four adults with learning disabilities and autism.
Q: Where are you from and where do you live now?
A: I am from Redruth, have moved away a few times but ended up back living in Redruth
Q: How did you hear about Green Light ?
A: Through colleagues I used to work with in previous employment.
Q: Why did you decide to work for Green Light ?
A: I first worked in this sector, almost ten years ago and have always loved watching others achieve rather than let barriers define them. I left this line of work and went into retail due to personal commitments and responsibilities that meant I could no longer commit to the shift patterns. I always planned to return to this line of work and when I came across Green Light their ethos and values really stood out, it was a ‘no-brainer’.
Q: What is your previous experience of autism or learning disabilities?
A: I worked for another company for four years supporting individuals with autism and learning disabilities. Also, I have previously worked in ward settings where individuals with learning disabilities have required my support to ease their anxieties during their hospital stay and to work with the multidisciplinary team to adapt the care they receive according to their needs.
Q: Do you have any special skills/hobbies or interests?
A: I previously studied Occupational Therapy at university, and I use these skills with the people we support and in everyday life. Studying this course has helped me to understand behaviour; the impact the environment has on it; and the importance of working with a person-centred approach.
Q: When not working what are you most likely to be doing?
A: Going on a long walk with my dog; catching up with friends; eating with the family; or doing the dreaded house chores.
Q: What do you have on your bucket list?
A: I would like to complete the 3 peaks challenge. I would also like to visit all the islands of Scotland.
Q: Who is your hero or heroine & why?
A: My mother. Anyone who speaks of her often says she’s gone above and beyond to help them. There was a time where she was very poorly and even when she was at her weakest, she still was finding ways to help and support others, to uplift them even though she was going through a dark time herself. That strength and caring nature is something I admire greatly.
Q: What three words sum up your personality?
A: Optimistic, welcoming, a joker!