I’ve been a support worker for 3 years here at Litslade Farm. It’s a home where five people live with a learning disability and we come in to help them.

After caring for my children for several years, I decided to look for work and visited a local job fair. As a people person, I was interested in a caring role and Hightown said that no experience was necessary; they would provide me with all the necessary training …. and they have continued to do so.
Three months later my beautiful journey began. I enjoy every bit of what I do. It doesn’t matter whether I’m giving personal care, going shopping with a resident, taking them to visit family or eating with everyone around the table. I look forward to coming to work and giving them my best. Time passes so fast; I never watch the clock waiting to go home. As well as making sure residents get to spend time watching a film if they want to or spend time in the sensory room, we go out a lot too. We accompany residents out into the community and further afield, on days out, to say Legoland. We have a lot of fun. Local people also drop in to see us, for example at our recent garden party, and they can see Litslade Farm is just an ordinary home just like yours or mine. We’re trying to break down barriers and increase people’s awareness of learning disability. Now, our neighbours take it turns to come over for Sunday lunch with us. Some of the residents will help us lay the table and clear their plates away. We all work together like a family. 

It’s a privilege, not a chore, to care for someone and be part of their lives

It’s such a rewarding job. I know I make a difference because I always think of how I would want others to treat me. The smallest of things matter to our residents whether that might be learning their gestures or taking time to have a conversation.  It’s also the little things which give me such a buzz. Residents flashing a smile just for you or getting excited when you come on shift in the morning. It’s so humbling when someone wants to make sure that, although you might be going home, you will be back to see them the following day.

I would never trade this for anything

I’d really encourage anyone to look at a career in care. You’ll never get bored and the satisfaction levels are sky high. Believe in yourself as a great individual and you can really make a difference to someone who needs you. 

To find out more about roles in care, please visit our vacancies page.

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Abigail Okai-Quaye