When I left school at the age of 17 I really had no idea what I wanted to do regarding my career path, therefore tried many jobs along the way.

The main jobs I had before I had my family were mainly in retail, which I did seem to enjoy at the time.

Once I had my family I started to become bored with working in retail and just woke up one morning and decided I needed a change.

My friend worked in Dementia Care as the chef and she encouraged me to apply for the temporary kitchen assistant, which I did do in February 2011 and my application was successful.

On the 22.02.11 I joined Dementia Care as a kitchen assistant and was really enjoying working not only in the kitchen, but also at Dementia Care. I met some great people, but more than that I enjoyed supporting people who attended Day Service.

In August 2011 after 6 months of working in the kitchen, I was informed that unfortunately my role would be getting made redundant. I was disappointed and gutted hearing this as now I was thinking what will I do, as really did not want to go back into the retail world.

After giving it some thought, I decided to apply for a Support Assistant role within Dementia Care and was successful. I then completed my training and went to work in Home Support for 11 months which again I enjoyed, by this time I had become Support Worker and got asked by my Manager if I would come and work in Day Service which I was informed was very much activity based, organising meaningful activities for those who attend as well as looking after and supporting them.

I was really enjoying my time in Day Service that after 4 months of working in there I decided to apply for the Senior Support Worker and was delighted to be successful.

I continued to work in Day Service till I got promoted to Specialist Worker, then Day Service Manager.

I have now been with Dementia Matters (previously known as Dementia Care) for 7 and a half years and have recently been promoted to Service Manager for Day Service and Respite Residential and looking forward to many more years of service with Dementia Matters.