Six questions with… Kate Woods, Coaching, Mentoring and Signposting Lead.
Next it’s time to get to know Kate Woods, our lovely Coaching, Mentoring & Signposting Lead.
What’s your job title at Touch, and how long have you worked here?
I am the Coaching, Mentoring and Signposting Lead at Touch, which means that primarily I look after our wonderful storytellers and make sure they are supported through the process. I have worked here since May.
What does a day in your job look like?
I split my time between working from home and being out and about in the community. I often have meetings with storytellers during which we talk through their story and I support them in shaping it into something they are happy to stand up and share. I make sure they have the support they need and signpost any further support agencies. I make connections with community organisations and groups to support this work. I work closely with the team and frequently meet with colleagues to ensure that everyone is happy and working on the same page.
It’s Monday morning (or whenever your working week starts!) – what makes you excited to get out of bed?
Hmmm, I would love to say that I get up early to fit in yoga and chores before the day starts. In reality, though, I am a working mum and the mornings are always a rush to get the boys out to school before settling down to work. I walk home from the school drop along the beach and that gets me in great headspace for work. I am always excited for a varied week, and especially enjoy meeting new storytellers.
What helps you when you’re having a bad day?
I am open with how I am feeling with the team and draw on my colleagues. I recognise that others have skills that I don’t and I try to learn from them.
What have you done in your life that you’re most proud of?
The kindness and resilience I see in my children.
And finally: What’s the best sandwich you’ve ever eaten?
I often travel to Switzerland, as I have family there, and the bread they have there is amazing. Bread and cheese bought at the local market and eaten on the banks on the river is heavenly.