When dealing with people who have disabilities and chronic illnesses, you have a to have a certain type of personality. You need to be open, approachable, friendly, patient and above all understanding and new team member, Liz absolutely fits the bill. With the addition of a twenty-year background in finance and accounts and experience of working with people who have disabilities, you could say that this job was simply made for her.
A County Durham local, Liz began her early career working in sales administration in the motor trade, moving on from there to train as an accountant. She then spent the next twenty-one years working as a Finance Manager in pubs, hotels, nurseries, and care homes before becoming a Senior Finance Manager for a recruitment agency.
With all this fantastic experience, there was really no one more suited to the role of Accounts Administrator for This is Me than Liz. While she had never heard of the business before seeing the job advertisement, she jumped at the chance of working in an environment that actively supports and advises people who might otherwise find it difficult to maintain their employment.
Having experience of dealing with people with disabilities, both personally and professionally, Liz knows just how important that support is. Making sure there is a positive, support network in place can easily make the difference between success and failure, particularly when it comes to self-employment, and Liz is excited at the prospect of being in a position to help bring that about.
Currently, Liz is taking care of all the business accounts and feels very privileged that Michelle has been able to hand over control of that side of things and have so much faith in her so quickly. She is also using her considerable knowledge to put new systems in place for bookkeeping and client information as well as revamping the administration processes to make everything run just that little bit more smoothly. She also spends her time mentoring Lewis, who works part-time as a junior administrator and has DiGeorge Syndrome.
There have been a few challenges to get to grip with in the first few months, mostly with understanding the Access to Work process (there are excessive amounts of paperwork and red tape involved) but Liz has been enjoying getting to know the internal systems and all of the other staff. She has also been spending time meeting the clients and support workers with whom she will be working quite closely in the future, eventually becoming the main point of contact for the support workers.
Liz is absolutely loving the job more and more as time goes by and is thrilled to be part of such a fast-growing team in a business that offers so much job satisfaction. Knowing that by coming to work, she is helping so many other people is extremely rewarding, and she truly believes that right now, she is exactly where she is meant to be.
So do we Liz, so do we!