It’s Week 2 of our Made with Care series, where we are helping guide people to their perfect role in care and support.
Adult Social Care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common: a desire to help make a difference every day. Many people do not realise the huge range of rewarding and challenging work that care and support workers undertake, as well as the variety of settings that people work in.
This week, we have spoken to Josette about her role as a Support Worker at Guinness Care in Portsmouth.
Our dedicated team of Support Workers in Portsmouth provide person-centred care, enabling our customers to do the things they want to in life. They enable customers to remain independent in their own home and live an active and fulfilling life - the way they choose. This means for our Support Workers, every day is different! They work with a variety of individuals, including older people, people with mental health issues, physical health concerns and learning disabilities.
Josette recently celebrated 10 years with us, and despite already reaching her retirement age, shows no signs of hanging up her uniform just yet! We asked Josette a few questions about her career:
What was your first job?
"My first job was as a student psychiatric nurse at St James hospital in Portsmouth in 1968, when I came to the UK from Mauritius".
Have you ever worked in any other vocations before Guinness?
"I have worked in many different occupations prior to joining Guinness 10 years ago. This includes working as a kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong! For over 20 years I managed a large block of 96 flats in a supported housing complex for the 'Southern Housing Group'. I also qualified as a Housing practitioner whilst working for that Housing Association".
How would you describe your 10 years at Guinness, and what are your highlights?
"I have enjoyed working in my role as a Support Worker very much and continue to work past my retirement age as I get great satisfaction from the role.
There have been many highlights when clients or their families have expressed their thanks and appreciation for the support they have received. It’s rewarding to successfully refer clients to the appropriate professionals and agencies to help them with their problems and obtain the financial and housing support to which they are entitled.
I have recently worked closely with the Mental Health team based at the St James site which gave me great satisfaction, as this is where my working life started".
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
"The knowledge that my efforts can have a profound impact on the quality of life of my clients".
A huge thank you to Josette for talking to us!
A career in care and support is a complex and incredibly rewarding journey, with a real opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life. It doesn’t matter if you have no previous experience - if you’re passionate about helping others, you’re our perfect candidate.
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