Martha has been with the Trust since November 2020 and works part time as a carer alongside being a parent to her toddler. She’s based at Beckside in Lincolnshire.
Martha had previously worked in a bar since she was 18 and admits that this role is completely different for her, though, five months in, it’s going well and she’s really enjoying it.
She said: “Being a carer is totally new to me. I knew I’d have things to learn, and it’s been a steep learning curve, but just in the last few weeks I’ve been starting to feel confident and really enjoy it.”
Martha had a rethink about work last year and felt that she wanted to do something more fulfilling. She knew she had a skill for building rapport with people of all ages from various backgrounds, and wanted to work somewhere where she could offer some value.
“I felt like I wanted to do something positive for people, something that’s really needed, and something that gives you a bit more fulfilment. Now when I go to work, I’m doing something that really makes a difference to people’s lives, every day.”
Joining the Trust has been a positive move for Martha, who did a lot of research on the sector before applying for her current role.
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Martha said: “I really liked the Trust’s values, and that they’re a charity, not for profit. I felt that ultimately if you’re a ‘for-profit’ company, the finance is the main motivation. With a charity, it’s easier to focus on the people.”
Martha would recommend the Trust to anyone considering a move into the care sector, and she doesn’t see coming from a non-care background as a barrier at all.
“Go for it! You are so supported which makes things much easier. Everyone is so close knit and supportive. I never finish work and think, ‘That was a boring shift,’ at the end of the day. It’s a nice feeling to know you’ve helped people and made a difference.”
Summing up her experience as a carer to date, Martha said: “It’s busy, but I like that. We have a laugh, make people smile, it’s always a happy atmosphere. There are challenges, but it’s a team and there’s always someone to help, which makes all the difference. I would recommend it as a good place to work. The Trust definitely looks after their staff, and knowing that you’re supported really helps.”