I am the co-opted service user Board Member for Vestia. This was a new post that was the result of me asking why the board didn’t have one!!
I thought it was important for the Board to have someone who had used the services of Vestia as I was worried that Board’s sometimes forget that people are at the other end of their choices. I am really pleased to say that I was wrong about the Vestia Board. They have a passion to make sure service users are at the heart of all they do! My term as a co-optee will last two years and I have already served one year so it is important that we recruit another service user to come up and take over from me next year .
For the new person they will get a lots of support from the Vestia Board, staff and of course me.
I am a mother to three children, actually it’s now two teenagers and an adult with a job, and a husband!! 6 years ago we faced a number of difficulties and I needed some support, Sharon, a Vestia Families Key workers was appointed to help me. She was brilliant. She took time to get to know me and my family, she helped me recognise my families strengths and what we wanted to change. She was then there to help guide my family to change things so we were back on the right path.
Some readers may ask why I am looking back but I am keen to share with others so they can see that with the right help, they can get past difficulties and see a brighter future.
Vestia not only provides support to families, they also deliver training to help unemployed into work and support local projects like Big Local DY10.
If you want to know more about Vestia and its Board please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I also want to thank the Vestia team for all their hard work and dedication over the last 5 years.