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James, 64, is a support worker, enabling adults with learning disabilities to live independently. Find out about James’ journey and how he found his calling.

I was supported to find a role that utilised my skills and values.

I was made redundant last October after working as an Airport Firefighter for 34 years. Before that, I served 13 years as a soldier with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. After registering my interest, my Proud to Care advisor worked with me to find a role where I could use the skills and values that I had gained over my working life and I have now completed his first week of induction training as a support worker.

I always feel I have achieved something positive.

I go home feeling positive and with a smile on my face. Every day is different, some days can be a challenge, but I always feel I have achieved something positive and our efforts have made a difference and improves the lives of the people we support. Even if it is just a short conversation with one of the residents, I feel I have made a difference.

The training I have received means I can help people straight away. In my previous role as a Firefighter, I was taught skills to use, and then I waited to put these into action when something went wrong, and we were called upon.

I get the chance to support those who need it the most during the pandemic.

My new role in care has given me the chance to do my bit and support those who need it the most during the pandemic. Now, I am the first person in and the last person to leave each day; that’s how much I enjoy my new role already. I look back on each day and I know I have achieved something.


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