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With over 450 employees and hundreds of volunteers - we thought it was time to introuduce some of our incredible people to you.

Meet Steve, a Support Worker at Trafalgar Lodge.

Steve


When did you start working for Break?

I’ve been working for Break for about nine years now, and prior to this I worked in the police force in London. I was in a department that worked with children with learning and communication difficulties, and I helped them in giving evidence. I then retired, and moved up to Norfolk and thought I would apply for the position here.


So what does a typical day consist of for you?

I did a sleep in last night, so got up and on the floor for 6:30. I’ve helped one of the boys here get up as he can’t do a lot for himself, so helped him shower, brush his teeth, and get dressed and ready for the day. I then sorted out his medication, we made some breakfast, and now we’re just watching some TV together.

On a different day, we might go out on a day trip (something educational), or I’ll help them with their education. We also do work with Access Community to keep the days interesting for our young people.


What is the best part of your job?

The best part is most definitely working with the boys – I love it, they’re brilliant. We do things with them that they wouldn’t normally have the chance to do, it’s so enjoyable, and when you get it right, it’s so right.

Lots of the boys are from single parent families and often don’t have any male role models, so it feels really special to give a little bit back and give them the opportunity to do things that I was lucky enough to do.

Next week we’re taking one of the boys on a five day camping trip to the Isle of Wight where he’ll get to do really exciting things, like going on a speedboat, and a chairlift. We’ve also been able to get some reduced price tickets to a music festival, because he loves music. Every time we mention it he gets so excited – we’ve taken other young people on this trip before and it’s been very successful, so I’m really looking forward to taking him. We’re taking another one of the boys on a sightseeing day trip to London, then going to Planet Hollywood for tea before we come home. They’re not the sort of things that you can normally do, so it feels incredibly special.


What is your favourite aspect of Break’s work?

I love how they think outside the box and do things that are different. Even small things make such a difference, like how the home is decorated. Our dining room is painted like an American diner – before it had pale blue walls and now they’re bright red with plaques and decorations on them. We have a barbecue area that’s safe for the children so we can have barbeques with them, and we don’t have a TV room, we have a cinema room with a projector for them to watch films in. The boys have all helped picked colour schemes for the house and helped with the decorating, and it makes things feel incredibly personal and special.


Any hobbies people might not know about?

Not really – everyone knows my main hobbies are travelling and food! I love going to exotic places and trying different cuisines.


What was the last book you read?

I can’t remember what it’s called, but the book I’m reading at the moment is about the first woman to climb Mount Everest from both its north and south sides. It’s amazing, the message of the book is all about not giving up and how anything is achievable. She didn’t think she would amount to anything, but did something so amazing – how cool is that?


Where did you last go on holiday?

I’ve just been on a three week cruise around the Caribbean! I love to travel, I’ve also been to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Kenya, Mexico, and Thailand – amongst others! Before I was with the police I was in the armed forces, so I travelled a lot then as well.

The lovely thing is that even when I’m travelling, I see things that make me think ‘the boys would love that’! So I take photos to show them when I get back to work, and get them souvenirs as well. When I was in Thailand I got to pet some tigers at an animal park – the boys loved the photos when I showed them! It gets them involved in your travels, which is great.


When are you happiest?

When I’m travelling with my family, but also when I’m at work! My colleagues joke that the Sleep-In room is my room because I’m there so much – I just absolutely love my job, and love being at work with the boys.

 

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