I started working with Carr Gomm and in the care sector in 2013. It was a job I had never really thought of before or imagined myself doing. When I first started, I had to overcome some personal challenges as I didn’t realise the level of responsibility involved in this work.

Initially I had a lack of understanding of the vulnerabilities of the people requiring support. With training and support from my manager at the time, my knowledge, understanding and confidence grew and I quickly realised that this was a role that came naturally to me.

Working in the care sector suited me because I could work independently and the hours could be flexible to suit me. It also suited me during my application to join the police force because I was gaining essential skills required for me moving forward. You have to learn to quickly adapt to the different environments you are going into and this is something I use every day as a police officer.

Every day, the police attend incidents involving vulnerable and elderly people. My previous experience and extensive training working in the care sector allows me to be able to quickly recognise conditions like dementia. It also allows me to educate my colleagues and provide awareness to them.

I loved working in the care sector. I didn’t realise I would love it so much. The fact that people were relying on me daily to remain at home independently and to carry out day to day tasks was both fulfilling and rewarding.

It gave me a great sense of pride that I was helping making a difference to their lives. If I hadn’t wanted to join the police from such a young age and it wasn’t my life ambition I don’t doubt that I would still be in the care sector today. I was and am proud to have been a carer.

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