Bluebird Care Croydon is celebrating after one of its new recruits took home a prestigious care award at a London ceremony last week.
Home care assistant Rebecca McCarthy was crowned the Care Newcomer of the Year at the Great British Care Awards – London region.
McCarthy was inspired to enter the care sector after joining a back to work programme run by Croydon Successful Mums Group.
She had previously worked as a nursery assistant and in hairdressing, but had to take a year off work due to a broken back.
In January 2019 she joined Bluebird Care Croydon and is now a skilled care assistant and Dementia Friend, helping to change people’s perceptions about dementia.
Commenting on her work, director Dean Slade said: “Rebecca is a great ambassador for our company and it just goes to show that it is never too late to change career and to use past skills to deliver a great service and do something for your local community.
“It makes us proud to have Rebecca as one of our care team. No job is too much trouble. She loves the role with a passion and our customers love her.”
McCarthy said she would recommend a job in home care and wished she had joined the sector years ago.
“I have found this has been highly rewarding and flexible role it allows me to work around being a single parent and working at the same time. It provides a great work life balance,” she added.
“The best part of her job is the feeling of accomplishment, making a real difference to people lives, especially those with higher needs.”
The Great British Care Awards – London region – took place on Saturday at The Hilton Bankside.
Winners of the East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales, South East and North East awards were announced at separate ceremonies.