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40 Faces of Spectrum – Fred Blunden


Celebrating a milestone: 40 faces of Spectrum

This year marks our 40th anniversary and turning 40 is the perfect opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of Spectrum.

At Spectrum our service users and team members are at the heart of everything that we do, and the people within the Charity are central to our success.

We’ve asked all our team members to nominate a colleague who they think deserves special recognition for the support they give to the charity as an organisation, and to the service users and their fellow workers in particular. From the nominations we are putting together mini-biographies of each person in appreciation of their contribution to Spectrum.

This is a series of stories featuring people who make Spectrum what it is.

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Fred Blunden

Fred joined Spectrum in July 2017 as a trainer and joined Rose House as their Manager at the beginning of July 2021.

Along the way he gained additional qualifications to train Positive Behaviour Management to team members across the organisation and became a first aid trainer. He continues to support the training team delivering PBM, First Aid, and Inductions whenever they need him.

At Rose House, he heads a dedicated team of care workers, two of whom have nominated him to be one of Spectrum’s 40 Faces.

“Fred has gone from being a fantastic trainer to being an even better manager.”

“Fred has helped and pushed me to develop myself both professionally and personally.”

“He has been the most amazing manager and leads our team with excellence. He is encouraging, kind, supportive and always goes above and beyond for our staff and especially our service user.”

Congratulations on being nominated from your team as one of our 40 faces.

Fred, what do you enjoy most about your job?
“Working with an inspiring team to make a positive difference in the lives of amazing people. My team are great and the work they do is fantastic. They’ve had some incredible achievements and it’s been a privilege to witness them in action.”

What do you enjoy doing after work to relax?
“I’m a huge film fan and I read a lot of fiction. Spending time with the kids at the beach is important to me too.”

What does Cornwall mean to you?
“It’s all about the fresh air and open spaces.”

And lastly, what is the best thing you’ve learned about autism?
“That everyone is wonderfully unique. I’ve worked with people with autism since the 90s and I’m always learning.”