A Journey into Care By David Roberts

The journey into care - David - Fareham Senior CarersThe journey into care is a rewarding pathway and here at Guardian Angel Carers, we value all our CareAngels as individuals. We are proud to say that each and every one of our CareAngels brings a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise to their work, as well as compassion for others and a deep sense of empathy. David Roberts, one of our Senior Carers, wrote a beautiful piece about his journey as a carer, which has been lightly edited for clarity.

Here are his inspirational words. We hope you enjoy reading them and reflecting on them as much as we do.

My Journey Into Care by David Roberts

I am the youngest person in my family. As a result, my mother felt an absence of purpose after I flew the nest; because they still had so much to give to young people, she and my step-father decided to become foster carers. Thanks to this decision, I received my first exposure to the world of social care. At one point, my mother had a child in her care with very specific needs and very challenging behaviours. I bonded with this young person, which meant I could help when the child was in crisis. This child’s social worker told me, “You would be good at this,” and this comment led me to realise, for the first time, that I just might have a future in care.

Ten years later, my wife and I were living in Coventry in the West Midlands. I was not happy working as a delivery driver, and my wife (who was still my girlfriend at this point) told me that she had seen a job advertised for a residential support worker in a children’s home. I was nervous during the interview because I had never done this kind of work before, but I found that I was able to relax and draw on my own feelings and experiences to answer the questions. When I secured the job, I was shocked to learn that I had been selected over people with years of experience. I worked with children for approximately seven years in various roles, learning about emotional behavioural difficulties and learning disabilities as well as other aspects of the care sector. I even picked up new skills like level 1 BSL (British Sign Language).

In 2018, my wife and I returned to the south coast so to be closer to family, and I worked as a senior shift leader in a children’s home for 6 months. My mental health took a down swing, however, so I decided to leave care work for a while. I changed careers again and worked in the construction trade until the Covid-19 pandemic forced people like me out of work when the building sites shut down. Lucky for me, I have a family member who works for Guardian Angel Carers, so I heard that, due to the pandemic, a recruitment drive was underway. I applied for the role of a domiciliary carer in April of this year, and I have been with Guardian Angel Carers ever since. I have progressed to the role of senior carer based at our new branch in Fareham, and I am working towards becoming the area care manager.

As a male carer in a predominantly female industry, I notice that a lot of the language used in the care industry is worded in favour of women, and it can sometimes feel like men who work in the care industry are not perceived as entirely trustworthy. Personally, I have always tried to work hard to prove that men and women are equal when it comes to providing care for anyone. I believe that any person in need deserves to enjoy a better quality of life, and I feel lucky to work for a company that truly values people as individuals. Guardian Angel Carers has given me the opportunity to progress in the care industry, and I feel fully supported as I work to provide care to those who need it.

If you feel a journey into care may be the career pathway for you then contact us today.

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