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Working in the care sector is very rewarding. It isn't always easy or glamorous, but there are lots of opportunities to progress and it makes a real difference to people's lives.

Carole Greenhalgh was working as a cleaner in a day centre 30 years ago before an opportunity came up which kick-started her career. Carole said "I came out of school with one qualification, and that was in history! I applied for a care assistant post at the same day centre I cleaned at and was successful. I worked with people with physical disabilities supporting with personal care tasks, assisting at meal times and helping with various activities."

After learning about the different roles that were available working in care, and doing various NVQ qualifications along the way, Carole is now a Social Care Officer. It's now her job to visit vulnerable people, either in their home or in a residential home, to see what care and support they need.

Carole continued: "I absolutely love my job. You don't have to have lots of educational qualifications now to have a career with progression. Since I've been working in care I've gained qualifications, been given opportunities to attend various training courses around supporting people and completed specialist training in working with people who are coming to the end of their life."

 

Carole Greenhalgh

"There is no better feeling than helping someone else. You have to have a good heart, be able to empathise and take pride in what you do. I always say it's not just a job, it's a vocation. I work with a team that are very supportive, any issues that you have there is always someone to talk it over with you, to listen to you or to offer advice. You are never on your own."

Working in the adult social care sector is about supporting people to achieve independence to the best of their ability, helping them to be a valued member of the community wherever possible and to improve quality of life.

There are lots of opportunities available for people of all ages to work in care. There is an aging population and an increase in complex needs where dedicated staff are needed more than ever before.

Local organisations, including Wigan Council, are investing in staff to ensure they feel supported at work and have the chance to progress. Greater Manchester was the first place in the country to take control of its health and social care services and that gives local organisations the chance to work closer together to ensure residents get the right care and support.

 

For a range of exciting local opportunities working in care click here.