Sam

After a successful career in the insurance industry Sam Hawker returned to social care after having her children. Working part-time at first, she soon built up her hours and now leads Able Care Homes, with overall responsibility for six care homes and their teams.

It is heart warming when you see the improvement in someone’s health and well-being because they are being looked after in a supportive way.

I started working in a care home as a weekend job when I was fifteen, while I was still studying. When I returned to work in care, I carried out admin, payroll and finance tasks, using skills I’d acquired in my previous career. (A care home needs administrators, cooks, domestics, gardeners and maintenance workers to run effectively – the great thing about care that many don’t realise is there are so many types of jobs available). It is heart warming when you see the improvement in someone’s health and well-being because they are being looked after in a supportive way and encouraged to feel positive about themselves and what they can achieve. It makes me feel so proud of everyone involved and the dedication they show.

Sam Frenchay

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