Jacqueline Payne

Registered Manager

My name is Jacqueline Payne, I started Gabriel's Angels with my husband Jason in May 2012, we wanted to create a company that would provide the same loving care a family member would give and to be a happy, fun place to work. My inspiration came from my grandmother, as a child, she brought me with her when she volunteered for St Vincent de Paul at our local mental health hospital in Mullingar, Ireland. Granny used to bring chocolate bars, sweets and cigarettes to the patients in St Loman's hospital. When she entered the ward all the patients flocked around her for treats and a chat. It was a little overwhelming the first time I went with her but then after a while I loved it, she was so loved and chatted to people who wanted to chat, she would ask them how they were feeling. If there was anyone who she was worried about she used to ask the nurses about that person - in a way she was advocating for them (although I didn’t realise that at the time!) . She used to bring dinners, plum pudding and Christmas cakes to her neighbours in need or vulnerable people. Her 7 daughters used to bake lots of cakes that she could share. She always championed the underdog. I feel in a small way all of us at Gabriel's Angels are carrying on the work she did, it is very rewarding! I love looking after people, not only the people we care for but our staff as well! I like people to work the hours they want to work, to feel safe, trained, happy and to enjoy their work, to progress and share knowledge and care about each other as well as the community. If our carers are happy and feel looked after and listened too - they will look after our vulnerable people in a loving way, everything is connected. Granny used to say the prayer to archangel angel Gabriel with me every night when I was young this is where our name has come from Gabriel's Angels.

Jacqueline Payne