Care: the career where you can make a difference

People, Health and Care
09:45, Thursday, 4th November 2021

People across North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to visit the Proud to Care website, discover the variety of job opportunities that are available now and make a difference in their community.

In uncertain times, working in care offers job security and flexible hours to fit in with the needs of your family, as well as opportunities to move your career forwards.

Now, those who start or are currently employed in a home care role in North Lincolnshire can also receive free childcare to 31 March 2022.

As well as hosting the latest local care jobs and providing advice to jobseekers, the Proud to Care campaign also celebrates the inspirational care providers of North Lincolnshire, and the staff who go above and beyond to ensure their service users stay safe and well and lead fulfilling lives.

This week Cathy Gibbs, Registered Manager of Scunthorpe-based Peggy’s World, gives an insight into the organisation, her career, and advice for those considering a job in care.

Could you tell us a bit more about Peggy’s World?

Peggy’s World is a family-managed company and was developed to provide a specialist, holistic service of quality care to support to those living with dementia, as well as complications with old age and frailty.

“Peggy” was the much-loved nan of Amanda and Tilly, who are both company directors, and she lived with dementia for several years, so they have that personal experience and wanted to pass that on to help more families. Being able to provide a service that recognises the needs of those living with dementia, their families and carers was really important in the creation of Peggy’s World.

What makes you Proud to Care? Are there any moments of your career that stand out the most?

There have been many moments that stand out, lots of joy, some tears and the expressions of gratitude from families and carers never ceases to amaze me.

The standout moment for me was when, following lockdown and the devastating impact the pandemic had on our service users and their families, we were able to re-open our day services ‘Keeping Busy at Peggy’s’ and welcome our lovely families back into our building.

What advice would you give to people thinking about a career in care?

On a personal note, I fell into care through a change in circumstance. It turned out to be one of the best moves I have made. Working in care is so much more than just providing personal care. It is about being with the person, sharing their memories, supporting them to maintain existing skills, enabling social interaction and so much more.

It also has great opportunities for professional development. There are no limitations, it is up to you, so I would say that if you want a career where you know you will make a difference then give it a go!

To find out more about working in care, visit the Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website, where you will find more than 40 job vacancies, as well as helpful advice and resources to get started.