Richard manages the Drink Wise Age Well service in Cwm Taf and has been with Barod since 2007.  Richard is a highly skilled manager, drawing his experience from managing many Barod and non-Barod projects, which has prepared him for the high-profile five year pilot Drink Wise Age Well.

Here’s Richard to tell you more about his work

What are your areas of special interest / particular skills?

No real areas of special interest although I’m currently managing an Over 50’s Alcohol Service so you could say Alcohol and Older Adults is presently my specialism. However, I have managed a number of different projects and services in my time at Barod, hence I’d like to think my skills are in Management, including the management of projects, services and people. I dabble in a bit of training and coaching, have been involved in some previous policy reviews and a few too many disciplinaries which broaden my skill set. Currently I am a finance guru managing a 5 partner budget.

What do you enjoy most about your role with Barod?

I love the diversity, the remarkable variety of tasks and the different challenges that my role brings. I also love the autonomy to develop such an innovative programme and manage a large team comprising of very different roles. Leading on something that is pioneering and far reaching is so rewarding and managing such a big partnership consortium whilst engaging a unique range of stakeholders is great.

What is it like to work in your area of Wales or in your specific service?

I work in the area I live in so it means so much more to deliver a service that improves my own local community. Cwm Taf has it’s obvious and less obvious challenges in terms of geography and demographics but that makes it more challenging and rewarding. As the Drink Wise Age Well Programme is about “Helping people make healthier choices about alcohol as they age” it’s quite niche and we are trying to target a specific cohort of hidden drinkers who are often drinking home and alone. However the Programme is so much more than just that, as it provides training to professionals, facilitates a whole range of resilience activities to help improve people life coping skills and as well as delivering key prevention messages via workshops etc. The programme is also supported by 7 years worth of research, the largest of its kind anywhere which will inform the public, practitioners and policy makers in years to come.

Please tell us about your average day.

If I’m not travelling the UK for meetings and visiting other DWAW demo areas it’s an early start and I’m often first in; cup of green tea and piece of fruit (my body’s a temple…. Not!). Try and plough through the many emails I receive, paying closer attention to any sent from Caroline our CEO and the Addaction Central Team from Glasgow. Respond to said emails and any urgent matters relating to our team of 20 staff. Wait for someone to knock my door and for them to generously offer me a fab idea to spend our budget on or a problem to solve. Work on anything relating to budgets, KPI’s and reports, campaigns, community engagement, media, estates, guidelines and frameworks (yuk) or any business relating to our 4 key work streams. With any luck have some interaction with some of our participants e.g. a peer educator or volunteer. Maybe have a formal or informal supervision session with the staff I directly manage. In between moving lots of paper around to find my desk I usually try and go through my to do list and tick off more than I add. Remind the team about the policy for TOIL, whilst waiting for the server to speed up. No day is ever the same !!!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

There’s a few including “You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”

“Treat others as you expect to be treated.”

“Remember Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow”

“What goes around comes around”

“Don’t bet on Cardiff City”