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Meet Michelle, Senior Support Worker from Cumbria...

“I joined Community Integrated Care when I was only 18 and initially started work at another service which was home to five people with learning difficulties,” says Michelle. “This was a great job and gave me lots of experience, but when the job working with Elaine came up I jumped at the chance.”

“I have known Elaine since I was only 8 or 9, so she feels like family to me. I was excited at the thought of being part of her life, helping her become more independent, do the things she loves and generally, enjoy a great quality of life.”

“Elaine lives in her own bungalow and because of her needs, she has one-to-one support. But she’s a very independent lady and is always on the go. If we’re not down at the Metro Centre on a shopping trip or taking a drive out to the countryside, we’ll be at the cinema or down at the bowling alley.”

“It’s great knowing that as well as making sure Elaine is leading a full and happy life, I am also developing and  building a strong career in care. Since joining Community Integrated Care I have done tons of training, been supported to complete my NVQ 2 in Social Care and had a promotion. Next, I plan on doing my NVQ 3 – I really feel like the sky’s the limit!”

“Every day I think how fortunate I am to be able to do a job that I love, with people that I love. Community Integrated Care is such a special place, because the people we support are so special, and as long as they are happy, I’m happy too.”

Image: Michelle (pictured left) with Elaine.