Breaking stereotypes in social care

Posted about 2 years ago

The Health & Social Care sector has traditionally been associated with women. In a report by The Kings Fund, it’s stated that 80% of all jobs in adult social care are done by women but as part of International Men’s Day we want to break this stereotype.

We want to celebrate the amazing work our male care workers do and the positive impact they make to our clients and their families every day.

Meet Paul. Paul joined Allied Healthcare 9 years ago when he first embarked on his career in the Health & Social Care Sector.

Before joining Allied Healthcare, Paul was a taxi driver. It was whilst he was at work, he suddenly became inspired to become a Support Worker.

He explained: “I regularly picked up a lady who was quite quiet and, on this one day, I picked her up and she had the biggest smile I have ever seen on her face.

“She told me she was a Support Worker and had been teaching one of her clients to tell the time. After four months of work, he was able to tell when it was 5 past the hour.

“To you and me that means nothing but to her and her client it’s phenomenal. I have never seen someone so ecstatic; she had the biggest smile, and I wanted that smile too. I wanted to have done something to make someone’s life better or more comfortable and that is the reason I went into care.”

After Paul finished his shift, he researched about the role of a Support Worker and applied for Support Worker roles in his local area. He joined Allied Healthcare after completing his training and 9 years later he is still loving every minute of it.

“Being a Support Worker at Allied Healthcare was everything I wanted. I was new to care but had done my research. I received a lot of encouragement and support from the branch, especially as I was new to care.

“I get a buzz every single day. It’s so rewarding that I have done something for someone else to make their life better.”

As part of his role as a Support Worker, Paul supported individuals with learning disabilities. He would accompany them to social groups and activities, administer their medication, help with cooking, support with managing money and offer emotional and wellbeing support.

After 8 years as a Support Worker, an opportunity in Allied Healthcare’s Abergele branch for a Care Coordinator became available. Paul applied for the role and was successful in his application.

Paul is the first to admit he isn’t the most tech-savvy person and so he was a little nervous working in an office environment where most of his work would be computer based.

“I was never good with computers”, Paul explained. “I had the experience of working in the community and in the projects, but I was quite fearful of working in the office.

“I had such fantastic backing from the branch, and everyone helped me settle into my new role. If I struggle with anything, they sit down with me and help me, so I am never in the same situation again.”

When talking to Paul it is clear how passionate he is about his role and he clearly loves what he does. He is hopeful his journey into care will help others with their journey in care.

“For the first time in my working life I look forward to going to work every day. Every single morning, I come in with a smile on my face and I go home with a smile at night.”

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