Mollie, 24, is a support worker for older people as well as adults with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. Find out about Mollie’s journey and how she found her calling.
I had to close my business due to the pandemic.
Before the pandemic, I had my own business as a sports therapist. Unfortunately, I slowly lost my core customer base as a lot of them were identified as clinically vulnerable and eventually, like many other personal care businesses, I was not allowed to operate during lockdown and sadly had to close.
I was always open to the possibility of care work.
Through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, I was matched with a job as a support worker for elderly people as well as adults with learning difficulties or physical disabilities.
I’d grown-up with a family member with Down Syndrome, so I was always open to the possibility of care work. The pandemic and its impact on my business meant that it seemed like a logical and achievable step.
I love making a difference.
The key thing I love about my role is the responsibility. By providing support and companionship I am helping people keep their independence and to continue living in their own homes. I can also see how much people’s families value having some time to themselves, which they couldn’t do if I wasn’t there.
I love making a difference – I know that I am helping people to be a better version of themselves, enabling them to do things on their own and build a level of independence. In this job you build great relationships with people and their families and earn their trust. Trust really is the key.
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