An Interview with Sue Gardiner
As we continue to share career and success stories of Calan staff members as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, this month we are sharing Sue Gardiner’s story.
Sue has worked in the Domestic Abuse sector since 2002. Firstly, as a volunteer with Brecknock Women’s Aid then as a support worker until 2014 when the organisation merged with Calan DVS. Since then, her role as a Domestic Abuse Specialist in the Community has expanded to Sue becoming the Senior Training Facilitator for the charity.
Sue enjoys supporting clients and seeing their confidence and independence grow over the time they are receiving support. Over the years, she has seen the respect for and recognition of the work that Calan does increase. Multi-agency working and information sharing are key to achieving the best outcomes for the clients.
As a trained and experienced teacher, the training element of her job has allowed Sue to build on her previous work experience. She started delivering programmes to clients many years ago: firstly the Freedom Programme, then the Recovery Toolkit and more recently Own My Life. During Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns Sue was one of the team responsible for adapting these programmes to delivering them online.
Sue also delivers training in-house – namely Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Awareness & DASH RIC/Safety Planning training. These too have been adapted from being delivered face to face to online. Sue is currently working on a Vicarious Trauma presentation.
Sue is also part of the Calan team who are trained to deliver Ask & Act 2 training to statutory agencies. She has co-facilitated Ask & Act 3 Champions training as well as Train the Trainer Ask & Act 2. In addition to being a Welsh Women’s Aid Associate Trainer, Sue has recently become a trainer for Safe Lives to co-facilitate Domestic Abuse Matters to South Wales Police First Responders. She has also written and delivered bespoke training to various organisations and agencies including Bridgend College and Powys Teaching Health Board.
Sue believes that Working for Calan has given her opportunities to develop her potential and career progression, with management always being very supportive in both of her roles.
Sue is proud to be a member of staff at Calan which is always looking to provide new services and opportunities for clients and is excited about delivering the Sexual Violence training which starts next month.