As you may have guessed, I'm Holly.
I recently moved to the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, after living my whole life in Nottingham. I've worked as a carer for all ages for over six years (read more in Care Experience) and am passionate about helping others.
In my spare time, you can usually find me in my home studio, covered in paint, paper and fabric or outside in the garden.
For the past four years, I have tended an allotment and love the whole process from preparing, sowing, harvesting, to cooking and preserving.
I'm a huge nature and animal lover, which is usually reflected in my work. I enjoy expressing myself through a range of mediums, especially paint and textiles.
Arts & Crafts have always
been a key part of my life
My creativity stems from my Grandmas who are very talented artists and seamstresses. As a child, I spent a lot of time with them and loved to get creative in any way that I could. From potato printing, making collages, drawing and painting to sewing. My older brother has also inspired me greatly with his passion for graphic design, art, style and music.
I always thrived in my school Art lessons and went on to study Fine Art at GCSE and A-Level, as well as Textiles. I usually had a pen or pencil in-hand, doodling away on my schoolwork, any paper I could find... and lots of trainers!
I also had the positive experience of co-running a clothing business for a few years. I designed, dyed and printed t-shirts, hoodies, hats and bags using eco-friendly dyes and inks.
I have been a carer since 2014,
working with children, young people, adults and the elderly
For just under 3 years, I worked in an 'Outstanding' specialist Residential Children's Home, where I worked as part of the team and as a key-worker to care for the children and young people.
There, I earned a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare and a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings.
I am confident in supporting people with Autism (mild to severe), Global Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, behavioural and anger difficulties, anxiety, attachment and trauma issues, physical impairments, epilepsy and more.
My qualifications educated me on the safeguarding and protection of children, ways to support their emotional and physical development and well-being. I also learned to work in partnership with families, local authorities and services to create positive outcomes for the residents, alongside supporting the children in day-to-day life.
After gaining skills, qualifications, training and confidence from my role within the Children's Home, I decided to go self-employed in 2017. I remain dedicated to supporting children with learning and physical disabilities but have also branched out into assisting disabled adults and families in their own homes. I also began supporting elderly people both at home and in residential care homes, including individuals with dementia.
Self-employment has enabled me to develop my creativity and the service I offer. I have always engaged the people I support with arts and crafts, as I'm a firm believer that creativity is good for your soul. I also found getting creative opens up new conversations with the individuals and families I support, thus strengthening those relationships.
Focusing on arts and crafts is an excellent way to spend days at home. Paintings, cushion covers, bunting, coasters, cards, candle holders and bags are just a fraction of what we've created together.
In October 2020, I moved from Nottingham to Scalford, a village just outside of Melton Mowbray. Whilst continuing to support my clients, I have also worked part-time with an agency supporting elderly people at home. In this role, I have furthered my experience assisting people with dementia.