Meet the Team – Neil Welsh
Recruitment lead Kerry Noonan caught up with new starter Neil Welsh for a Q&A. Neil joined Green Light in April 2021 from another care provider and is now part of the Tresleigh team in Grampound Road. The team support four adults with autism and learning disabilities.
Q: Why did you want to work for Green Light ?
A: Initially I attended a virtual “drop in” session which fed my curiosity for a change of provider. Also a young gentleman I was supporting was moving to the services of Green Light. Fortunately I was involved in his transition, which enabled me to meet his new “friends” and visit his new home. I then had time to think of my own future rather than have someone else determine it.
Q: How did you hear about Green Light ?
A: As a service provider in Cornwall you don’t need to travel too far to hear about the positive experiences which Green Light provides for the people they support, their staff and the environments where they all live and work. Many of my former colleagues now work for Green Light and talk about their employer with respect, honesty and enthusiasm.
Q: Where are you from and where do you live now?
A: I was born in Bristol and lived in North Somerset all of my life until May 2018 when me and my wife realised a life long dream of moving to Cornwall. We spent 2 years in Mevagissey and the last year renovating our own home in St Austell.
Q: What was your previous experience of autism or learning disabilities?
A: Having left British Telecom in 2009 I moved into the Health & Social care sector in a supporting capacity. I have worked alongside individuals with autism, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy and very challenging behaviours during that time since.
Q: Do you have any special skills, hobbies or interests?
A: I guess my “special” skills are my life skills. I have adapted to many changes over the years but remain grounded and focussed. I have a beautiful and loving family and my granddaughter keeps us all on our toes! I have a passion for food and cooking, together with my love of music, so any spare time you will find me shopping, cooking and listening to an array of different tunes.
Q: What do you have on your bucket list?
A: Number one on my “bucket list” was the desire to move to, live and work in this wonderful county of Kernow………that’s been achieved. My ambition now is to remain healthy, retain my passion for people, and be a decent human being
Q: Your hero/heroine & why?
A: Firstly, I would have to say David Bowie. I started listening to his music in the late 1960’s on Radio Luxembourg, under the bed sheets and have been hooked ever since! Secondly, Johnny Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols). What an orator, simply one of the most down to earth and honest individuals I have ever listened to. I just love his interviews and ethos.
Q: What three words sum up your personality?
A: Honest, down to earth and passionate
Thank you Neil for the Q&A!
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