Real stories from real people
Find out if you have what it takes from our case studies below.
Shared Lives Carer
Janet has been a carer for 21 years and is currently caring for two brothers Medwyn and Gareth. Living with Janet means they get to live as independently as possible, as part of a community.
Uchenna came from Nigeria to start working as a delivery driver because he enjoys speaking to people. But after he discovered the WeCareWales website, he started his career as a care worker and uses his people skills to improve the lives of those in his care.
Deputy Manager at Hafod Mawddach Residential Home
Keneuoe is originally from Lesotho. She moved to Bala in 1997 and began working for Gwynedd Council, where she took advantage of the opportunity to learn Welsh at Aberystwyth University, becoming fluent in the language in 2000. Keneuoe now works in a care home, supporting people with dementia and complex needs.
Promoting people’s rights and focusing on the person and what’s important to them is an important part of Keneuoe’s role. By communicating with residents in their preferred language, Keneuoe is able to build relationships with and support them, which helps them maintain their well-being.
We care Will you?
Courteney Farley from Pineshield gives us a taster of her role as a Home Care Worker and how she makes a difference to people's day everyday. We'd like to thank Tommy Rhys-Powell for acting as the care receiver in this TV advert, Tommy's from The Hijinx Actors.
Monmouthshire County Council
In 2019, Naomi helped launch the Social Care and Health Apprenticeship Scheme within Monmouthshire County Council to create a pathway for those interested in a career in care.
Naomi used her own experience from studying as a physiotherapist to create a rotational placement approach so that apprentices could gain experience in a wide variety of roles to help them find the right profession for them within care.
Student Social Worker (former Apprentice)
Naomi experienced the care system first hand growing up in foster care and wanted to use her experiences to help other young people in similar situations.
While working for her local council’s finance department, the apprenticeship provided Naomi with the perfect opportunity to begin a career in social care while crucially allowing her to continue to earn a wage.
The qualification Naomi gained from her apprenticeship gave her the additional UCAS points she required to apply for an undergraduate place at University of South Wales where she is now a third year Student Social Worker.
Job vacancies in care
Wales needs more social care workers.
Many people working in social care have made the jump from jobs such as hospitality or retail. Use your transferable skills and apply for roles in your area now.