Testimonial 1

Anne - Registered Manager, Kirkby Stephen

I would say there is no better job than working in care, it gives so many rewards. Yes, there are ups and downs as there are in any job, but you really can make a difference to somebody's day and you get to meet the most amazing people along the way.

I started working as a relief Care assistant at Grisedale Croft in Alston. From the first day, I always knew that I wanted to progress to a Supervisor but there were not many opportunities to do so in those days as 'us young one's' were not seen as being old enough to do such a role by the older staff. However, I was determined, and I managed to progress. Once I had achieved this, I set my sights on becoming a Registered Manager.

I was fortunate to have a really good manager when I first started who encouraged me and always believed even as a relief carer you should know how to do every job required. I have always been well supported by my managers and also my colleagues along the way and there is always someone to go to should you need advice or help with something.

If you want to progress your career, then there a lot of opportunities to do so whether it is into a manager/supervisor role or different care services. There is also the opportunity for training to improve existing skills and knowledge.

My absolute favourite part of the job has to be my service users, getting to know them and building relationships with both them and their families, just making a difference to someone's day no matter how small that may be. I enjoy the challenges it gives me, there are no two days the same.