Former bin man turned care worker Dominic Higgins is encouraging young people to take up care as a career.
Dominic is a care assistant at Milestone Trust’s Abbey House in Swindon, which is holding two recruitment days this month.
The 24-year-old, who joined Abbey House in June 2017, said: “It’s brilliant, I love working here. Abbey House is my second home. It feels so warm and welcoming and every day when I come in I’m greeted with smiles.
“I have two brothers who have autism and it was only when I left home that I realised how much I missed looking after people. It’s so rewarding. Every day when I go home I know I’ve helped someone and that feeling stays with me all day.”
Abbey House provides nursing and residential care for up to 73 people, including those living with dementia.
Dominic added: “It’s challenging too – but in a good way. Before I started I knew very little about dementia and it was a big shock at first. But I’ve been so well supported – you always know where you’re going and how to handle situations. It comes down to looking after everyone as individuals. It’s like a friendship – you’re only going to build a strong friendship if you get to know and understand people, everything from their daily routine to their passions and preferences.
“Before I came here I was always searching for what I wanted to do – but now I’m set. I know I’ll spend my career in care work. And it’s helped me outside of work too, as I’ve become much more confident and conversational since I started this job.”
Abbey House is holding recruitment open days for carers and nursing staff between 2pm and 5.30pm on March 14 and 17.