As Inspire's Service Director, Mark O'Donnell is responsible for the overall operational running of the services within the group. He is also the company's Responsible Individual.
“Having worked in the care sector for 20 years, I joined Inspire in 2011. Creating and managing a service that enables children and young people to live fulfilling and happy lives is tremendously rewarding."
“My priorities are clear: ensuring that children and young people are kept safe; that their individual needs are met; and that they are healthy and enjoy their childhood."
“Along with the Inspire team, I ensure that all of our children receive the care and support that enables them to learn, grow and ultimately achieve their potential, whilst promoting and maintaining family-style living and giving them the best possible chances in life."
“We positively encourage families to continue engaging in their child's upbringing, building positive relationships with all people involved in placing children with us and working together towards the main aim of building a happy future. I am continually impressed by the commitment Inspire staff demonstrate to the young people in their care and their relationships with the rest of the team – a positive balance of professional care and genuine nurturing interest in the life of each and every child."
“I firmly believe our success is measured by the happiness of the children and young people in our care.”
“I have worked with children and young people with learning disabilities for the last 10 years in a range of different settings, including outdoor activities, short break facilities and schools. I have been part of the CareTech group since 2009 when I became a Registered Manager."
“I now manage The Oaks in Huddersfield; our service was considered 'Outstanding', as are my team and the young people we care for."
“I am a naturally caring person; I love managing a team and lead from the ground – I always seem to be the first to be nominated to climb walls or get wet on the lake when we're out on the boat!"
“Being positive is key to my role. Being able to measure and acknowledge what some may see as the smallest achievement is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I enjoy the challenge of working with young people who don't necessarily know the appropriate ways of expressing feelings, wishes and desires. Day-to-day, I provide a consistent approach for our young people and ensure that routines, structure and boundaries can be set and maintained in their best interests to achieve the best possible outcomes. I like to call it 'small steps to a big future'.”
“I joined Inspire in 2010 as a care worker and absolutely love my job and the young people I work with. I am driven by the achievements of our young people; they are all so unique, so no two days are ever the same.
“One of my main attributes is my ability to communicate effectively with young people, some of whom have very little or no verbal communication skills. Assisting them in finding alternative ways of expression is both rewarding and insightful.
“In the home, we work as a close team; we know each other's strengths and weaknesses, thus providing a safe and secure environment for any young person. We are also able to bring our hobbies into the service. If someone has a keen interest in baking, those skills are drawn upon. In addition, a member of staff enjoys rock climbing and as such, one of our young people has also now developed an interest in this.
“We provide a very homely, friendly environment and the success and achievements of our young people is evidence of this.
“Two years on, I am now a Key Worker for one young person. Inspire has provided me with the opportunity to develop my existing skills through training and practical experience, whilst teaching me new skills along the way.”