ABOUT US

Our Ethos

All Pathways provisions provide a safe, stable, nurturing and stimulating environments for children, young people and vulnerable adults. A skilled, experienced and dedicated staff team provide an excellent standard of support. We believe that individuals respond best and are able to reach their full potential when they are looked after in an environment in which people are genuinely interested in their welfare, take time to get to know them and their needs, and ensure that those needs are met. We understand that individuals with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties respond best to calm, orderly and consistent support and will ensure that these are established and maintained.

We believe that young people and vulnerable adults should enjoy the experience of being supported and always receive unconditional positive regard. They should have the opportunity of making and sustaining positive relationships with the people who support them, with other peers with whom they live and people in the community with whom they come into contact. We also recognise the importance of relationships with family and friends and will encourage and actively promote contact with these important people (subject to their placement support plan & risk management plan) in order to retain their links with the past and to facilitate the transition into adulthood.

Our philosophy is to allow individuals to be themselves and be able to make mistakes in a controlled environment supporting them to learn from these without fear or prejudice or judgement by treating them with dignity and respect at all times. We actively encourage and operate anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. Everyone is treated with equality and as individuals, with reflection given towards gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, ability and religious beliefs.

Individuals are included in all decision in regards to their future and are actively involved in all aspects of their support planning therefore any plans put in place are realistic and attainable creating a culture of achievement and self –worth. Individuals are encouraged and supported in leading as normal life as possible, being actively involved in the local community as well as developing and pursing leisure interests and hobbies as well as having access to education and employment opportunities. Regardless of the duration of a placement we ensure that support, guidance and opportunities are provided without restriction as we believe everybody has the capacity to achieve no matter how small it may be.

Meet The Team

David Thompson
Chief Executive

David Thompson launched Pathways in December 2010. Having worked in social care from the age of 19 after securing a job as a support worker David quickly realised that he had found his vocation and was always forthcoming in giving 100% commitment to his personal development and progression, whilst constantly focussed on attaining positive outcomes for the young people he was working with.

David quickly moved through the ranks from Support Worker, to Senior, to Deputy Manager. In 2007 David became a Registered Manager after completing his Fit person’s assessment through Ofsted and was proudly named the youngest Registered Manager in the UK, responsible for the running of a Children’s Residential Home. This was quickly followed by the same award for managing two provisions in 2008. David has continuously maintained a focus on training and development, equipping himself with many qualifications in Social Care and Business Management.

Over the years, David has won several awards including Care Worker of the Year in 2009.

Having spent many years working with 8 to 16 year olds with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties, David identified that support and opportunities for young people aged 16+ were lacking in quality and consistency and therefore took the decision to try and progress into this sector and improve services. In December 2010 David took a leap of faith and left his secure role within an established organisation and set up Pathways.

David volunteers part of his time to Chair the Leaving Care Providers Forum, during which he co-ordinates policy change and regulation standards right across the leaving care sector. Although the time David now spends with young people is limited, he continues working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Pathways, and all of its subsidiaries offer outstanding support and excellent opportunities to young people and his employees.

Being a family ran organisation it was important that this ethos was present in all departments and thus David decided to name each provision after a significant person in his life which allows a personal touch to an ever-growing organisation.

David currently holds the following qualifications; NVQ Level 3 Children & Young People, NVQ Level 4 Leadership & Management for Care Services, ProQual (QCF) Level 4 in the Instruction of Managing the Risk of Aggressive & Challenging Behaviour in the Workplace, Train the Trainer, Diploma in Family Intervention, and a Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People as well as his QCF Level 7 in Strategic Business Development.

Joanne Thompson
Director of Human Resources

Joanne Thompson contributes to the continued success of Pathways through her commitment to recruit, develop and guide the organisations employees to the standards of ‘Best Practice’ expected from our entire team.

Joanne, as a parent, witnessed her sons’ passion and commitment to his vocation over many years and was honoured and surprised when David invited her to work alongside him as he began the journey of launching Pathways.

Having had no experience or training within the social care sector, Joanne knew it was vital that she experience and learn all roles in order to understand and advocate the needs of the Young People, the Support Teams and the Managers. Joanne began the process of working within the provisions and with young people in order to gain experience and knowledge to better develop her own skillset. She found this challenging, yet highly rewarding, and in doing so it allowed her to empathise with the organisations employees and develop the policies of Pathways to the highest possible standards.

Joanne’s role has evolved continuously within the company and in order to make a positive contribution she has undertaken numerous training courses including, but not limited to: Children & Young People’s Workforce Diploma Level 3, Safeguarding, Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services Level 5, Advanced Level Management, Business and Administration, Accredited AQA Unit Award Scheme Co-Ordinator and finally Joanne has achieved her QCF Level 7 in Strategic Business Development.

Sarah Cooper
Head of Service & Compliance

Sarah Cooper has worked in the health and social care sector for over 20 years and her passion and commitment  is stronger today than it was when she first  started her career. Sarah’s journey stems from her own personal experience of the care system and realising that this doesn’t have to define you or your future. Labels barriers and misconceptions can be broken and overcome.

Sarah became a Care Assistant for Birmingham Social Services in 1995 and after a year become a Residential Childcare Officer successfully gaining her NVQ Level 3 in Caring for Children and Young People reinforcing her passion and determination to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Sarah has worked her way up securing promotions and experience within relevant care settings.

Sarah joined Pathways in 2011 as a Service Manager and has played an instrumental part in the progression of the company. Sarah has managed our semi-Independent & independent living provisions in Trafford, Wigan, Leigh and Bolton. Before taking up her up current position of Regional Manager and Safeguard Chair.

Sarah uses her experience, insight and ability to develop and deliver the very best services available to young people and vulnerable adults available to local authorities regionally and nationally. Sarah works directly with Service Managers and support teams to ensure that all services are consistent and fully compliant with legislation and Pathways policies and procedures, ensuring that individuals continually receive the very best support from our service and access to external services to ensure a successful transition into independent living.

 

She has a proven record of being able to work within a multi – disciplinary team, lead and manage care and support environments and an excellent Knowledge of National Minimum Standards and legislation and has gained her QCF Level 7 in Strategic Business Development, NVQ Level 5 in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Management and Level 4 in Management and Leadership. Along with an NSPCC training course on Supervision Skills for those working with Practitioners involved in Safeguarding, Engaging Young People at risk of CSE and CSE Train the Trainer intermediate and advanced levels.

Victoria Thompson
Learning & Development Manager

Victoria Thompson, or Vici as she prefers to be called, joined Pathways at the beginning of 2015 within the capacity of Training & Development Coordinator. Vici had previously studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons Degree in Criminology & Contemporary Culture before progressing into the role of Support Officer at Manchester Victim Support.

Vici also worked within the Moss Side and Hulme areas of Manchester for over 9 years as a swimming, dance, and fitness instructor. Within this role Vici was able to engage children and young people in healthy lifestyles and improve their quality of life whilst doing so.

Through Vici’s experience within the sports and fitness industry Vici went on to launch her very own female Zumba programme which further provided the opportunity for Vici and her Zumba teams to partake in National Sports England Campaign empowering women to work out and feel good about themselves.

Vici began exploring the next stages of her career path and through discussions with David Thompson; Chief Executive it was believed that Vici’s ability to engage and empower people through training and instruction could very easily be a transferable skill beneficial to the teams and young people within Pathways.

It was agreed that Vici would join the Organisation with the primary goal of assessing all training and bringing aspects of that in house on a bespoke level rather than buying external ‘one size fits all’ training programmes. Vici has subsequently completed her Train the Trainer qualification along with an array of other training courses that have allowed her to deliver a comprehensive in-house training programme to the staff and young people within Pathways including but not exclusively bespoke first aid courses covering self-harm and mental health crisis’.

In 2017 Vici completed her Level 3 Management and Leadership NVQ Diploma and was promoted to Learning and Development Manager. Vici also completed her NVQ Level 5 in Management.

Vici has spoken openly about her ambitions for the role she is in. These include, but are not limited to; increasing engagement and activities based sessions for young people, supporting staff to improve their relations with young people, ensure cultural events and festivals are celebrated across the service to empower and embrace diversity and awareness, increase staff moral and improve staff retention through consultation and upskilling the workforce.

Vici is currently working on building up relationships with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire to , build upon external relations with Universities and other Partners such as Manchester’s Contact Theatre providing a variety of cultural and creative experiences to young people within the service. Vici also delivers the ECHO programme within the service centralising young people in decision making as part of ECHO Vici organises the annual Pathways residential activity holiday that all young people attend and enjoy.

Vici has created a robust and meaningful induction training programme and continued in house training schedule for all staff, create and deliver young peoples’ training sessions.

Nick Joslyn
Access to Resource Manager

Nicholas Joslyn, or Nick as he prefers to be called, left school in 2012 and began college. Nick quickly discovered that this arena for learning didn’t suit his style and in turn he sought an apprenticeship within business administration with progression routes into management.

Since joining Pathways Nick has achieved his NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration, Diploma Level 3 in Business Payroll Management, and has most recently completed his NVQ Level 3 in Leadership & Management. Nick has now progressed onto the Level 5 NVQ in Leadership & Management.

Nick joined the Organisation at the age of 18 as an Apprentice Junior Office Manager, he then progressed into the role of Senior Office Coordinator and has now worked his way to become Office Manager. As part of this role Nick holds multiple responsibilities including management of finances and payroll, centralised purchasing, referral management and assisting with HR Administration.

Nick eventually hopes to become Operations Manager and sit on the Senior Management Team as well as achieving a QCF Level 7 in Strategic Business Development.