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Cath McClean - Trainer

A childs drawing of CathCath McClean has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 15 years and has covered a huge range of jobs. Cath has worked as receptionist, prison service administrator, clinic administrator/urine tester, detached drug worker, community worker, project worker, community syringe exchange coordinator, team leader and a complimentary therapist/drug worker (phew, and breathe!).

Cath has contributed to both formal and informal training in most of the roles she has done; since completing the 'Training for Trainers' course she has delivered or co-facilitated as an associate trainer on a variety of different courses.

What do you do? Deliver training, I have a particular interest in Hidden Harm and training specialist drug workers.

What is the best thing about your job? There are quite a few things; my colleagues and the camaraderie, when I get good evaluations, when there is a difficult situation and I feel I've dealt with it well, developing a new course (and learning how to add music to a power point!), broadening my mind, having fun whilst delivering training and of course watching learners get a lot out of the training and enjoying it.

And the hardest? Lumping all the kit around and remembering everything I need to take! Driving in bad weather, not being able to sort something out if it's out of my control, knowing that you cannot please everyone no matter what.

What makes you really happy? For work it has to be getting really good evaluations, learners enjoying the training and making a difference, no matter how small. Away from work I love to watch Coronation Street with a nice cup of tea and my daughter, long walks with family and dogs, snorkelling in a warm foreign sea, Scarborough and camping

And what makes you angry? Injustice, jobsworths, the BNP.

What are you most proud of in your career so far? Being able to incorporate new risk assessments into the training that day, getting lots of praise from clients when i was complimentary therapist, good evaluations and developing high quality training.

Which 5 people would you invite round for supper? Johnny Vegas, Michael Parkinson, Alan Carr, my mother and Joanne my daughter.