Working within Social Care is very rewarding, with jobs based in a range of settings e.g. care homes, day centres or a person’s own home. You may also be helping people who may need support with learning and physical difficulties, addiction, homelessness or mental health issues.
With access to on-the-job training, there are lots of opportunities for progression, including becoming a team leader, the manager of a home or going into social work.
The personal benefits of the job are also evident; by assisting people - whether it’s a child, young adult or older person - to live individual lives with access to everyday things and choices, you can make a real change to someone’s life and see how people develop over time with your support.
The door is open to applicants of every age and from every walk of life and you can check out current vacancies on any of the online job boards and explore what Social Care courses are available by contacting your local further education college.
But don’t take our word why this could be a great career for you, hear directly from some of those who are working within Social Care about their own personal experiences.
They include Jackie McCaughey, Area Manager for the charity Mindwise, which supports over 1,000 local people every day with mental health issues and Anita Scullion, Service Manager and Shauna Kelly, Support Worker at Leonard Cheshire, a charity which supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.
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