Kirk Moore leads our mobile cleaning team and is responsible for managing nine operatives working in our communities to make sure neighbourhoods are clean, tidy, and safe to live in.
We asked Kirk to describe his typical day-to-day duties, and to give us a glimpse of what he and his team do to make sure our neighbourhoods are great places to live.
“On a day-to-day basis an operative’s job can range from cleaning areas inside and outside of buildings, to inspecting communal areas like playgrounds. We’re looking for any defects on the equipment to make sure it’s safe for people to use. Then there’s removing offensive graffiti which has to be done within 24 hours.
"We currently provide a mobile cleaning service to 429 communal areas across east and south Manchester, and then there’s also the service we provide to eight sheltered living schemes, so we keep nice and busy.”
“We’ve had members of the team who have been involved in gardening projects recently, and we’ve been very involved in setting up parties and events for the sheltered living schemes.
"We were recently at Abbey Hey Football Club helping to set up for a family fun day event. We tend to get involved in a lot of the neighbourhood events because of the resources we’ve got like skips and our team have experience in handling large bulky items.”
“Through consultations with residents and members of staff we’ve seen that everyone is really pleased with what we’re doing.
"In 2015 we won Team of the Year at the staff awards and I couldn’t believe it. I was away in Spain at the time and I got a phone call from an operative who told me we’d won the award. I was absolutely made up because we’d got recognition for all the hard work that the team had provided throughout the year. I was over the moon to be honest for the next six months after we won and was taking the trophy to all the team meetings!”
“I’ve been in this sort of work now for about nine years. I started off as an area caretaker, worked my way up to a supervisor and then from there I was fortunate enough to get my current role. During all that time I’ve put myself through college and earned loads of qualifications which help with the job. It’s been a good few years and I feel I’ve done well.
"I like to lead by example and take charge by leading from the front. I’m more than happy to roll my sleeves up and get my hands dirty. I’m passionate about the people we work with and the job we do and I try to be positive and upbeat to instil that attitude in my operatives."
“We’ve recently employed a mobile cleaning coordinator, Ronan, and he creates training programmes and brings in new initiatives and ideas to the team. He’s only been here a few months and he’s already made his mark in the role.
"We’re always willing to have a work placement jump on board with our team, to learn new skills and hopefully find employment. We’ve had three work placements recently who were here for eight weeks and they all did really well.”
To find out more about the work placement opportunities available at One Manchester, visit the ‘Employment Help’ section of the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org