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New Lancs staff enthuse about introduction to Compass

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Published on: January 24, 2023

New staff members at Compass Bloom say they are excited to begin their new roles following an inspirational, four-day induction event in Chorley.

The staff learnt about Compass’s history, its organisational structure, its mission, vision and values. They were updated on health and safety procedure and information governance and on how Compass Bloom carries out its work as a Mental Health Support Teams service for schools and colleges in West and Central Lancashire.

Anne Haines, the new manager of the service, said: “The induction week has been really great.

“All the new starters have been so passionate and motivated that I think 2023 is going to be a really exciting year for everybody.”

Carolyn Riley, a Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner who took part in the event herself, said: “I found the induction week really thorough and informative. It’s really helped me get an idea of what Compass is about, the values, the mission and it’s helped me be able to picture myself within this organisation. I am really excited about developing my future within Compass.”

Salma Khanporia, a new Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner, said: “It’s been an amazing start to the week, its been really informative, the staff have been amazing at answering our questions and putting our minds at ease. It’s been a really positive start.”

Deborah Farran, another Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner said: “I’ve had a fantastic week of introductions.

“I think we’ve all been really impressed by Compass and what they’ve managed to achieve through the Mental Health Support Teams in such a short span of time. I’m really excited to go on that journey with them.

She added: “Although we’ve only been together a week, we’ve all gelled really well as a team already. I’m really looking forward to meeting the wider team. I can’t wait to get started at university and carry on with the next week of inductions.”

Presentations were made by Assistant Director Operations (North), Lisa Gale, the Service Manager of Compass Go (the charity’s MHST service in North East Lincolnshire), Laura Lockett and Compass Bloom’s Communications Officer, Sarah Toheed.

Laura said: “The induction day that I delivered covered the MHST model and how MHSTs in Compass are operating and lessons we have learnt over the way.

“The new joiners were actively engaged in the discussions and shared their previous backgrounds and reasons for joining Compass Bloom.

“This gave them the opportunity to get to know each other better – it was clear we all have a strong, shared vision of supporting children and young people.”