Young people can shape the future in providing home care

Torbay Weekly

The term ‘care worker’ can mean many things to many people.

Those who receive support from care workers understand exactly what this means, as do those who are employed as care workers.

For some people, especially young people, they may have heard this term and asked then themselves a question on whether this is the type of work they could do.

The answer is simple – yes, you can.

You will not need any previous experience. Who you are as a person and your life experience so far, puts you at the starting gate.

You will not need any previous training as all you will need to know to become a care worker will be provided – for free.

The starting gate is now open.

The next step – is making that decision to walk through the gate, just like Alex.

Alex is 20 years old and joined Bay Care in August 2020, after completing his education.

He was motivated to a career in care work, after spending many years as a ‘young carer’ to his late father in his final years.

This is Alex’s first paid job. In his first year as a care worker with Bay Care, he has gone through an eventful transformation.

As a new member of staff, Alex completed a comprehensive induction training programme and was quickly out on ‘the frontline of care work’ during some of the worse episodes in the pandemic so far.

In the past few months, Alex has been able to realise more of his potential by becoming part of a highly trained team of specialist ‘rapid response’ care workers who visit people throughout the night and into the early morning.

Some of Alex’s ideas and vision on ways of working with vulnerable people are now shaping changes in how Bay Care does some of its main work.

Always striving to do his very best, Alex has formed great working relationships with his colleagues and is the subject of a constant barrage of praise from those who work with him – and very importantly, from the people who he visits in their own homes, to provide their care and support.

When asked what it means to be a care worker, Alex is reflective when highlighting: “There is no better feeling than knowing you have made a positive contribution in the day-to-day lives of other people, and especially those who are reaching their twilight years and in need of basic human support and assistance.

"Being a care worker gives me a great sense pride and it helps me grow as a person.

"It is one of the most rewarding jobs that any young person can do.

"Every day is different, I am constantly learning new things and I don’t think there is any other type of employment that would give me this amount of job satisfaction.

"I am definitely not saying that this is easy work. At times it can be very challenging, but I get all the support I require and I have received extensive training.

"It is great working in a team, we are all in this together and we get the work done together.

"If there are young people out there thinking about their career direction, I would say to them – be a care worker, because it can change your life and you will feel great about who you are and what you do.

"I’m sure you will never get that from pulling pints or sitting behind a till for hours on end.”

Alex is not a superhuman and he does not have any special powers. He is just Alex, a young man who wanted to be a care worker, to improve the lives of others.

He’s taken and completed all the training that’s been on offer, he’s constantly learning new things about being a care worker, works hard and gets all the support he needs, when he needs it.

He is proud to be a care worker – and his colleagues are equally proud that he works for Bay Care.

A Bay Care spokesperson said: "We know that there are many more young people just like Alex out there. The ‘starting gate’ is there for you all – and it’s always open!"

For more information on how to apply to become part of Bay Care's friendly care team, call 01803 710002.