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My Life and Work with Your Chance
By Dean Owens-Cooper - 10 August 2017
My name is Dean Owens-Cooper. I started with Depaul UK in February this year. My role is a Senior Progression Coach managing the Your Chance programme across Greater Manchester.
During my time here I have felt nothing but passion and enthusiasm for the organisation; this is for me certainly an employer of choice.
I can genuinely say the Depaul Senior Management Team is simply like one big family and much more approachable than I have come to expect from a Senior Management Team. They all have one aim and that is to end homelessness.
The team I am assigned to is fairly unique in that it is the first Social Impact Bond project to be delivered at Depaul.
I am very proud to say that the excellent outcomes are just one example of its success. It has helped and continues to help so many people, who are often experiencing the most difficult of times.
My team is excellent in helping our clients build the resilience necessary to cope with the unique challenges they face in everyday life, and equipping them with the skills needed to fulfil their potential.
We all have life pressures that challenge us from time to time. However, as I will regularly say to the people we support, what often matters most is the management of those pressures rather than the particular pressures themselves.
On my drive to work I can be found with a smile on my face, singing along to the radio (irrespective of my actual ability, or indeed inability, to successfully hold a tune!) and I am pleased to say that the same applies on my journey home - only then I do this with a genuine sense of achievement.
Each day I see how much of a difference my team makes to the lives of those we are working with.
In my spare time I am a keen swimmer (60 lengths, six days a week, and getting faster all the time!). I very much enjoy this and I’m a firm believer that exercise is excellent for wellbeing (both physical and mental!).
In addition to my role with Depaul, I also am a Trustee / Council board member for a national charity and I regularly offer my time, expertise and support to that organisation, so it’s fair to say I am kept very busy.
I would like to bring this blog to a close by adding that I truly and passionately believe everybody should be given a fair opportunity in life and that everybody deserves a second chance.
Depaul is an organisation that allows me to act on these beliefs in a meaningful and socially responsible way, and I hope to be able to do so for many years to come as I continue to develop and gain experience across the various services within the organisation.