“We will always be there for our clients. We know how much our service is not only valued by them, but also how much they rely on it as we are supporting them because carers can no longer manage their caring role themselves without help.”
Anna Stanke arranges the rotas for our dedicated team of Carer Support Workers who support families in Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.
It is a fine art to juggle timetables when staff have sickness and holidays, but Anna has mastered this so that the service continues to run smoothly.
She said “We will always be there for our clients. We know how much our service is not only valued by them, but also how much they rely on it as we are supporting them because carers can no longer manage their caring role themselves without help.”
Anna has a good understanding of being a Carer Support Worker as this is a role she did herself for three years, having initially joined us five years ago to work at our clubs for children with disabilities while working as an au pair during the week, enabling their parents to have a break.
“I wanted to go full-time and work with adults as I enjoyed the work so much at weekends. Carers Trust Cambridgeshire trained me which enabled me support families in their home. I found this so rewarding, especially if they said ‘thank you’. I could see how stressed they became looking after their loved one and it made a great difference to them to have a break for a while.”
Anna was promoted to Rapid Responder, going out in an emergency to support families, often at short notice, perhaps having to be admitted into hospital unexpectedly.
“It’s been a varied and interesting career here and I know a lot of the clients in the Huntingdon and Peterborough areas where I arrange rotas because I used to be out in the field working there,” added Anna.
“I am so lucky to have had this chance for career progression. Having worked as a Carer Support Worker it gave me a great insight about what the job involves and enables me to now support our staff and provide the best service for our clients.”
In November 2015 Anna was filmed by Anglia TV for a series on adult social care in the region, filming her typical day at work with one of the families she supported, Angela, with early on-set dementia and her husband David.
“That was a tremendous opportunity for us to show how we work with families, the difference it can make to the lives of people who struggle to support each other, particularly when they become older. It’s not just a matter of helping with washing or cooking or personal care. For some, just knowing we were coming, being there and listening to our clients, gave them something to look forward to in the day, particularly those who are lonely.
“We are always looking for people with a caring ethos who would like to join us as Carer Support Workers. If you are interested in knowing more, please see our vacancies. We offer competitive rates of pay and stay with families for a minimum of 1 hour during a visit to enable us to build a relationship.”