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Celebrating 10 years of Terri!

We have a special achievement post! We would like to say a massive congratulations to staff member, Terri Stevens, who has this year celebrated her 10th anniversary!

Terri joined The CFT on 26th May 2010 at just the tender age of 20! Initially joining the North East region as an Administrator full time, she has seen the organisation really grow and develop as a service. During this time, Terri’s personal life has also changed dramatically and we have celebrated with her marriage to husband Johnathon, and the birth of her two children. Terri remains working for The CFT, now in the role of CHARMS Administrator, and is currently working on reviewing and developing the system that we all use across the charity. We took some time to sit down with Terri (virtually!) to find out how she is feeling about celebrating her this special achievement…

How are you feeling having reached 10 years at CFT?

“I feel a sense of accomplishment and I am really happy to still be here. There has been lots of changes over the year from when started, but I am still happy that the core values of The CFT remain and I always feel like a valued member of the team”.

What initially attracted you to the organisation?

“I liked that it was a Charity for Children and the Family for Life ethos. Outside of that, it was close to home for me as I live in Bishop Auckland, and it appeared to offer interesting and varied work”

When you joined The CFT, what did you hope you would achieve and do you feel you have done this during your time with us?

“I hoped that I would feel a strong sense of job satisfaction and I feel as though I have had that during my years here. I have always enjoyed being an organised individual and I hoped that the robust processes and procedures that CFT implement would allow me to work in a way that was good for my OCD (Ha-ha!). I am very proud of what I have achieved here”.

Do you have any ‘stand out’ memories from your time with us?

“One of the memories was moving from our old office to our new office and being a big part of this. It was my role to organise the office and ensure everyone had suitable working spaces which I enjoyed because I like being organised. Personally, I also celebrated my 21st and 30th birthday’s here, as well as getting married and welcoming two children into the world – I have been very lucky to be part of some really nice celebrations. Another memory for me is always Ofsted inspections and seeing how the team come together to work through this period. I’ve also enjoyed visiting the other offices and meeting members of staff across the organisation, in a nutshell, I feel like I have really grown up with this organisation!”

What will you be doing to celebrate your 10 year anniversary?

“We’re in lockdown so not much, unfortunately, I think we will celebrate with a glass of wine at home with my partner.”

How would you like to see the organisation progress in the next 10 years?

“The CFT is in the middle of opening a new office and I am looking forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow and expand in different regions but still keeping the family feel.”

Where do you want to be in the next 10 years?

“I am still working at CFT. My children would be slightly older and I would return full time. I am excited to see how the organisation progresses in the coming years and what opportunities may be available to develop.”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to say Thank you to everyone that I have had the pleasure of working with, staff and carers, you have all been great. During my time here I have encountered some great working relationships and formed some long-lasting friendships. I’m looking forward to getting back to a sense of normality and celebrating the 75th anniversary with everyone.

Jessica Harper, Marketing and Media Manager, said: “Terri has been an absolute pleasure to work with and continues to be enthusiastic and dedicated as we continue to grow. I am excited to see what the coming years bring for Terri and would like to thank her for always being so friendly, creative, and passionate. It really is a pleasure to work with and know an individual like Terri.”

We would like to thank Terri for all of her hard work and commitment to the organisation and wish her the very best of luck in the future. We are excited to see what it holds!