Supervising Social Worker – Devon
Name: Helen Walshe
Job Title: Supervising Social Worker
How did you become a social worker?
Whilst employed by the Department for Work and Pensions I supported individuals who were experiencing difficulties within their lives. This is where I became interested in becoming a social worker.
I qualified with a Bsc Hons Social Work from Plymouth University in 2011. Working initially for the charity Barnardos – I helped to set up their sexual exploitation project (BASE). I then moved to Plymouth City Council Advice and Assessment team. I have also worked for Devon County Council and the NHS as a social worker.
Over the past four years I have been a Supervising social worker supporting fostering family’s. I have really enjoyed this area of work and have found it very rewarding.
I have only recently moved to the Fostering Foundation and really I look forward to working with the team.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two dogs a Papillon named Bob and a Chihuahua named Tilly. I also have a cat called Sammy.
I love walking my dogs and going away on holiday in my campervan.
I also like going to the gym on a weekly basis.
What words of advice would you give to anyone considering becoming a foster carer?
Go for it ! You will find that fostering is immensely rewarding !