Residential Care Worker – Gareth
What made you apply for the role of residential care worker?
I have been working in care for 15 years. I previously worked at the Deaf Academy when it was based in Exeter. Since then, I have undertaken many other roles and in different organisations, but I always felt a pull to coming back to the Academy, so, after nine years away, I decided to apply for a residential care worker role.
How have you found coming back?
I feel like I’ve come home. I missed working here and now of course the Academy is in a fabulous new location and has a fantastic working environment, with its purpose–built residential accommodation. It’s been so good to see some familiar faces from when I worked here before and I’ve had so many lovely compliments from staff and students.
What do you enjoy most about the role?
The teamwork and, of course, working with the students. Seeing them develop their independence and living skills is so rewarding.
I feel like I have a lot to give. The opportunity to change students’ lives and to show them how they are capable of doing amazing things is fantastic. It is also really nice to see the students from when I worked here before and seeing how grown up they all are. I just like to see them live a rich and fulfilling life. It is the best thing in the world. I have definitely missed the Academy and working with the students.
What advice would you give someone thinking about applying or returning to work in care?
Just do it. Don’t even hesitate. It is the most challenging thing, but the most rewarding. I really believe that anyone who is thinking about working in care should apply. You won’t regret it.