26 Feb Group Leader Interview – Che
When Started: April 2017
Position Held: Group Leader and Training Instructor
Background: Scouser from the heart of Liverpool
Hobbies / Interests: Liverpool FC, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Cooking and going out for food
What centre do you work at and what’s great about where you live?
I work at Dobroyd Castle and live with my brother in a place called Walsden. It takes me 15 minutes to walk to the castle, usually much less because those who drive in pick me up on the way. Growing up in Liverpool, I thought I may find it very hard to live in the countryside, but I can actually just jump on a train and be in Manchester in half an hour. My brother works for the BBC in Salford and decided to buy a house here because he loved it so much when he came to visit me. The views we have from our house are unreal.
Why did you choose Robinwood?
I first heard about the company whilst I was still in Uni – from a friend who left and has recently come back to Robinwood. I went on to work for a few companies in the same industry, but everywhere I went was extremely disappointing. I eventually started looking into Robinwood properly and the perks of the job were incredible.
How did you find the selection process?
Really relaxed and fun! I quickly got the sense that the people here were just trying to see the best side of everyone.
What’s your favourite thing about working for Robinwood?
As fantastic as it is to work for Robinwood, one of the best perks here is actually the holidays. We get 12 weeks’ holiday a year, which is a lot, compared to the four weeks some of my mates get in the companies where they work. It’s actually crazy how much time off we get. There is a lot you can do with that time. I know some Robinwooders who work mini ski seasons or do a summer camp in August. Personally, I like to just relax, go on holiday – that kind of stuff.
What’s the best part of your job?
I’m a real people person, so I really enjoy working with loads of staff and different teachers. Everyone’s always so happy when they’re here and that just spreads good vibes. What’s easily the most rewarding part of my job is how much my groups develop during their time at Robinwood. They learn to conquer their fears, become more confident, increase their social skills and they really start being a lot nicer to each other too.
What is it like working with 7-11 year olds?
They’re genuinely so funny, they have me in stitches every week.
What’s been your funniest moment?
Falling in the lake during my canoe session after getting too competitive whilst playing a game of stuck-in-the-mud.
What is your favourite session to run and why?
Canoeing. I like getting involved in the games because I’m a big kid.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying?
If you’re a positive person who enjoys working with kids, give it a go. You’ll have loads of opportunities to speak to staff members and find out more.
Everyone’s always so happy when they’re here and that just spreads good vibes.