Get To Know our new Occupational Therapist, Georgia Wills
Posted on 8th November 2023 at 11:45
In August this year we welcomed Georgia Wills to the team to lead our Single Point of Access Service. Georgia has experience working alongside children and adults with mental health difficulties, physical disabilities, Autism and learning disabilities. Georgia previously worked in a unique therapy farm setting, using nature, animal, and farm-based therapeutic interventions. She also has experience working in a range of settings such as individual’s homes, schools, and hospitals. Georgia is passionate about accessibility and every person having an equal opportunity to engage in meaningful activities. She is enthusiastic about the use of therapeutic interventions in a non-clinical environment to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing, skill development and community access. Outside of work Georgia enjoys hiking, travelling, and socialising with her friends and family.
Hello and welcome Georgia!
What made you want to become an Occupational Therapist?
'I always wanted to go into a job that promotes my personal values of accessibility and equality. When I heard about Occupational Therapy, I spoke to or shadowed a few Occupational Therapists who were working in settings including prisons, schools, and hospitals. I loved the variety that Occupational Therapy could offer and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.'
How did you first hear about Sport for Confidence?
'When I studied at the University of Essex, we had Occupational Therapists from Sport for Confidence come in to speak to us and I found it really inspiring. I also followed Sport for Confidence on social media.'
What was your previous role?
'My previous role was working in a unique therapy farm setting, using nature, animal, and farm-based therapeutic interventions. I worked alongside children and adults with mental health difficulties, physical disabilities, Autism and learning disabilities. This role also involved providing occupational therapy support in a range of settings such as individual’s homes, schools, and hospitals.'
What are you enjoying the most about your role at Sport for Confidence so far?
'Being part of such a supportive and committed team, and feeling like I can make a positive difference to someone’s life, big or small!'
What advice would you give anyone thinking about embarking on a career as an Occupational Therapist?
'I would encourage you to speak to Occupational Therapists working in a range of settings, do some research and look for opportunities to shadow. Occupational Therapy is such a diverse career and can be very different depending on the setting. If you think it is something you would enjoy, go for it!'
What would your OT kit essentials be?
'A notepad - I am always jotting things down and I love a to-do list! And I couldn’t be without my calendar- keeping me organised!'
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