Sam and Harry Owen both started their social care journeys as Support Workers. The brothers both followed a structured career pathway to reach their current management roles, with Sam being the first to join M&D Care, followed closely by his younger brother Harry, who is the Operations Project Manager.
“I started with M&D Care ten years ago during its first year of inception,” Sam tells us. “I was a Support Worker in one of their residential homes called The Elms. The home catered for long-stay patients who had come from a ward setting, and my job was to help with integrating these patients back into the community after years of institutionalisation.”
“I did briefly move to a job working within the NHS, but I was thrilled when M&D offered me an opportunity to come back as the Registered Manager for the home where my career in care first began,” he explains. “I have now progressed even further and I’m currently Head of Service, overseeing several services across West Wales. That’s one of the great things about M&D – they give you the chance to expand your knowledge and experience. Thanks to them, I was able to obtain the relevant qualifications and training to pursue career opportunities I’d never dreamed of.”
Harry is currently Operations Project Manager and couldn’t agree more with what his brother says. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with M&D Care for the majority of my adult life, starting as a support worker in 2011 and then I progressed quickly to the role of Senior Support Worker, followed by Deputy Manager, Registered Manager and Head of Service,” Harry explains. “I completely agree with what Sam has said, without the belief and encouragement from the directors, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.
“Aside from the career opportunities for growth, the job is also hugely rewarding,” says Harry. “Sam and I both love the work we do. I am constantly motivated by watching the people we support as they achieve personal milestones – it’s amazing to play a part in that.”