This is me-Rob Lundberg
To celebrate what makes everyone so unique and special at DLG, we spoke to eight of our colleagues to find out what make them - well, them
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I am London-born
My parents came to London from Ireland in the late 60s, mainly for work. My oldest brother and I were then born shortly after. We lived in Kilburn, which is where I believe most of the Irish lived– it was safety in numbers, back then. At the time, there was what's known as 'The Troubles' which made things quite difficult for an Irish family, even when living in London. Life was tough.
I am a father to my deaf children
I have a son and a daughter, 19 and 16. They were both born profoundly deaf. This was not expected, there's no case of it in the family at all. It was a huge shock to me and my ex-wife. Before then, neither of us had given much thought to what it means to be disabled in some way. It completely changed our lives.
We both learned British sign language, levels one and two. It's given me the great ability of being able to talk about people in the room without them understanding what I'm saying. It's come in handy on several occasions!
I am a drummer
I wanted to get my son into playing an instrument, particularly one where he could feel the vibrations of sounds, so I paid for an eight-week drumming course for the two of us. Being 11 he didn’t want to come back after two weeks, of course. Because I wanted to get my money's worth I decided to carry on and do the rest of the course on my own. He might not have liked it, but I fell in love with it. So much so, I kept it up! Now I'm in a band with two of my DLG colleagues, Mojo Stack, with me on the drums of course. I think we're pretty good.
I am of Swedish heritage
My dad, who passed away a few years ago, had managed to trace our family history back to a man called Captain George Lundberg, who was the Captain of a Swedish Merchant ship in 1805. As the story goes, he met an Irish girl who was living in Bristol and, when she got pregnant, they settled in Dublin together. And that's how the Lundberg's came to Ireland!
The name 'Lundberg' in Sweden is as common as 'Smith' in England. We've been called every 'berg' name under the sun, without anyone ever pronouncing it correctly...
I am hard-working
Growing up, my dad was an alcoholic and he didn’t really have a regular job. This meant my brother and I had to work to support the family. From the age of 10, I had a milk round! Then, when we finished our Irish A Levels, we both came back to London with nothing. And I mean literally nothing.
I went from walking the streets to find somewhere to live and work, to living in leafy Epsom in Surrey with a good job at a good company. But it wasn't luck that got me here. I worked, and I worked hard. That's what 'hard work' is to me, and I haven't forgotten that, not to this day. Working hard, and finding a balance, is good for the soul.
I am about working together
My first management job was for WHSmith when I was 22. Being young, I tried to do everything myself and, of course, I was exhausted. I'd come in at 6am and do most of the work until the store closed. Every day.
My boss eventually said to me: "look it's not going to work, you need to let people work with you". So I did, and it helped me realise that almost everybody has good standards if you stand back and let them show you what they can do. Working together is better for everybody concerned, and I'm far less exhausted as a result. This has followed me throughout my career. I am a rep for both the local coordination team (LCT) and the employee representation body (ERB) both of which are all about connecting our people and helping them work together.
I am DLG
I started working for DLG in Croydon in 1999. Except for one year elsewhere, I've been here for nearly 19 years.
One of the things I love about DLG is that, when things are going well at home, they will encourage you to do well and be involved in whatever is going on. But when things aren’t going so well, they say: "go and do what you have to do." They're there for you, even when you can't be there for them. And that's something I'm very grateful for.
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