Charles Allen, our Learning & Development Facilitator, has been part of the Pebbles family for almost 10 years. We recently caught up with him to find out more about his career journey so far.
Charles began his career at Pebbles as a Residential Child Care Worker, helping to create a nurturing and supportive environment for the children and young people in our care. He soon advanced to the role of Deputy Manger and then onto Registered Manager, where he continued to brighten the lives of our young people and his teams. Throughout his time in our homes, Charles worked across many of our homes including Highview, Kyllimoons, Earlseat, Tarra, Tanglewood and Kippsbyre.
After nine years, Charles decided to take the leap and move on from Pebbles for a new opportunity, working in a care role with a local authority. Charles soon realised that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side, finding that the drawbacks of his new role outweighed the perceived benefits. After 10 months away, he returned to Pebbles in a new capacity – as a Learning and Development Facilitator. In his new role, he is able to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with new staff members, helping to foster a culture of continuous learning and growth. Not only that, it is also a new and exciting challenge for Charles and allows him to continually develop his own skills.
Outside of work, Charles is an avid football fan and when he isn’t making use of his season ticket, he can be found out hiking. Charles has successfully summitted 73 of Scotland’s 282 Munros and already has his next hike planned. He also adores his two dogs, Hope and Ollie, who are Lhasa Apsos.
Charles is set to take the next big step in his life as he prepares to tie the knot in March 2024.
As we continue our mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children and young people in our care, we are fortunate to have people like Charles who bring a wealth of experience, passion, and a strong sense of purpose to our team.