John started his career in care 10 years ago after a server illness. During his illness John experienced a high quality of which gave him a whole new look on life. “Ten years ago when I was vulnerable from a severer illness, a team of people with a huge amount of compassion helped me, without that support I wouldn’t be were I am today. Years later in full health, working in the care sector with full support and training knowing I make a difference-to someone else life, is the reason why I’m proud to care.”
During his role at Crossroads Care John has been given all the training tools to develop into a well rounded confident and professional carer. This has included opportunities from professional qualifications to mandatory training such as medication training, manual handling training, safeguarding awareness and intensive first aid. His career has been supported by an extremely approachable management team who encourage staff to take up opportunities to develop their roles within the company to be a champion and even take up more senior roles. With regular Supervisions, training or just that regular supportive voice on the end of the phone from John’s and his managers and colleagues are part of a hugely supportive family team that there to help each other. John’s career has developed to that of a now well rounded experienced qualified male carer who can also champion and teach others in various quarters like Epilepsy Awareness and the Vulnerability of Adults and children alike.
The most rewarding part John’s role is knowing the difference he makes to somebody’s life daily, through a care-deed, being that someone to talk to, being their for the individuals he supports and providing those who care for them the peace of mind that they are being cared and support for in place they feel more secure .... their own home. John’s role includes caring for others, championing the rights and supporting vulnerable people, giving peace of mind to family loved ones. John thinks that the role of carers in our communities could not be more vital than it is today! For John “Care workers provide an essential service, sometimes its the small things that we do help make a big difference to someone’s life”.
Often people don’t think about the need for care work until suddenly something happens and care and support is needed for yourself or a loved one. For John the heart of being a carer is being compassionate with a naturally caring nature. With an increasing population more people will be needed to care and support the people within our county – John’s question is why can’t that compassionate caring person be you?