Rhona MacLean, a Support Worker in our Kennoway services, recently celebrated 20 years of service with Kingdom Support and Care (KSC).
We caught up with Rhona to hear her reflections on two decades of service with our organisation and learn about her experience on an engine line.
You joined KSC in December 2002. Can you tell us what you were doing before then and what motivated you to join our team?
I’ve always had a caring nature. I worked as an Auxiliary Nurse on various wards when I was 19. I also completed an HNC in Childcare and Education after my family had grown up.
Before I joined KSC, I worked for three years with another care provider in St Andrews, supporting individuals with Huntington’s disease
You are a Support Worker in our Kennoway services. What does a typical day involve?
The Kennoway service covers Buckhaven, parts of Glenrothes, Methilhill and some surrounding areas. There are several sleepover shifts within the service.
A typical day can involve many things – administering medication, driving and maintaining vehicles, liaising with professionals and family members preparing meals, providing personal care where required, taking the individuals we support on holiday and undertaking various tasks within a home environment.
What do you like best about your job? And what would you change?
I enjoy the variety during a shift and the supportive work colleagues within our team.
It’s easy to forget how difficult it was for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic but we were there for the individuals we support and our work colleagues. We got through it somehow.
If someone was considering joining KSC as a Support Worker, what would you advise them?
It can be hard work at times, but very rewarding. I’d advise people to go in with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed. There are excellent training opportunities.
You are hosting a dinner party for four people. Who are your dream guests and what would you have for dinner?
Adam Henson, Dwayne Johnson, Jurgen Klinsman and Jason Statham.
We’d have lentil soup, followed by roast lamb and trifle.
Can you share something about you that might surprise your colleagues?
I worked on an engine line at Volkswagen car plant in Germany for three years.
You have been a member of our team for 20 years. What changes have you experienced since you joined us?
I’ve seen many changes. There was no photocopier, so we had to file a paper copy of our admin order. We then got a phone call saying it was ready to be collected. I went along to Natal Place in Cowdenbeath to get it in a tray!
We had staff Christmas parties in various venues, and transport was provided. There were fun days at Cluny Clays and at barbecues. I attended a birds of prey event, where I had a falcon and an owl on my arm. It was incredible.
Technology has become a large part of Kingdom Group’s work. Most staff have work phones and most of our communication is online, as it is in our personal lives too. Back in the day, every member of staff had an annual leave card which was filled in by hand. It then had to go back to the offices to be double checked, which was a long process.
Congratulations to Rhona on achieving 20 years’ service and special thanks for the difference she has made to so many lives over that time.