Kiran looks back at 6 months as Service Quality Director for The Camden Society (London)

Posted 20/04/2022

Kiran started as Service Quality Director for The Camden Society (London) in 2021 during the coronavirus lockdown. Since then, she's gone from strength to strength and is enjoying her new role.

What was your first week like?

My first week at work, I got to meet with Cecilia, the MD for The Camden Society London and Julie my Executive Assistant. Julie and I did our induction which included meeting members of the team. We attended our first board meeting two days in, which is something I had never done before. We also got to meet some of the people supported by The Camden Society London.

What has your first 6 months been like with Thera?

The first 6 months have been good. Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of training of all kinds. I worked on a tender for Lewisham that I found very interesting. As a team, that was our first tender together. It was good to have Andrew Bright there, we were observing and taking notes about what Andrew was doing. I enjoyed doing the presentations, I was very eager.

What have you learnt from working at The Camden Society London?

With Julie as my EA, I have learned a lot. I think the tender is the top thing I have enjoyed learning. I enjoyed getting my teeth stuck into work and achieving what I was meant to achieve. We did a presentation with Restore2mini and stomp. It was the first live presentation that Julie and I did.

What advice would you give to a person with a learning disability wanting to get a job?

Keep going and never give up, because once you give up nothing’s going to happen. Before this, I was in a stockroom on a zero-hour contract. I wanted the routine. I used to go to a special needs school, I used to volunteer to help out. I helped by telling the teaching assistants what other students were saying.

What have you enjoyed most about working for The Camden Society London?

Helping people. I didn’t think I was going to be where I am, but I’ve done it in my life and it just comes naturally. I wanted to help people achieve things in life that they want to achieve.