“You’re making a difference to people’s lives, which is very satisfying and rewarding. I like listening to people’s stories and talking to them.” Meet John Cupper. He features in our latest Change Lives film. John has been a carer for 15 months. Previously, he was a Police Officer for 23 years, and before that, served in the Royal Navy.
The work carried out by our care workers like John is vitally important, as they support many thousands of people to continue living independently in their own homes. Our care workers are from all walks of life, and all ages, working either directly for us, or one of the private care agencies we commission, but we need more people to join us. It’s estimated that the care sector will need at least a further one million care workers nationally, by 2025.
John said: “When I was looking for jobs before I left the Police, I saw one for a carer and it ticked all the boxes for me, as the role was looking for someone with good communication skills, who could work as part of a team and enjoyed working in the community.
“If you have a caring personality, and are looking for flexible hours, this is an ideal job for you.”
Care workers working for us, or one of the care agencies we commission around six million hours of home care from each year, receive full training towards recognised qualifications, paid travel time between appointments, flexible working options, and are paid at least the minimum wage plus 20%.
Visit the Change Lives web pages for more information about careers in care, and the current opportunities available across Hampshire.