“I get great satisfaction knowing I can give their families a break, I see how the family care giver can become exhausted and has little time, if any, on their own.”
Care Worker Brendan Milborne, 32, joined Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk two years ago, having previously worked for a different care agency, and in a soup factory.
He provides private care to clients in their homes in Peterborough and Huntingdon, and loves the variety of his work.
He said: “I knew I wanted to do something else other than factory work. I was watching a TV programme one night about people with special needs who get bullied and it made me feel like I wanted to get involved. That was the reason I started working in care.
“I do a bit of everything from playing football with 12 year-old boy with special needs to give his family a break, and the chance for him to have some fun too, to just sitting quietly with a 90 year old – and anything in between.
“My work consists of helping older people with personal care, shopping, taking them on trips out, though mostly they enjoy having someone to chat to, keeping them company.
“Because we see the same clients regularly, and spend at least an hour on our visits, we can build a relationship with them and have a rapport.
“I get great satisfaction knowing I can give their families a break, I see how the family care giver can become exhausted and has little time, if any, on their own.
“I certainly recommend this as a job for both men and women. It’s really nice to feel like you are making a difference to someone, and some days it doesn’t feel like you have been working as you’ve had a good time.
“There is definitely a preconception to doing this job; people think you going to doing personal care all day and spending time with someone who has challenging behaviour. It’s not like that at all.
“Personal care is a relatively small part of it. I mainly provide companionship in order to give family carers a much needed break – that is the person we are helping out the most. When I am there it means the carer can have time to themselves, or just go out shopping without them worrying, about the person they care for back at home.
“One lady likes to go off and play golf with her friends. This is the only chance she has, and she goes off with peace of mind. When she returns, she looks uplifted after having her much needed break and is always very, very, very gratefully.
“It’s great to do a job that is caring and makes a positive difference to someone’s life, that makes you feel good about what you are doing by helping them and making them feel better too.”