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Meet Chris

How many years have you been working in health and social care?

On 1st December 2021 I will be into my 13th year with CJP Outreach.

Why did you get into Health and Social Care?

Chris used to be my mum and dad’s neighbour when he was a young lad, he went to secondary school with my son, who introduced me to Chris. My previous employment in printing was going too fast technology wise and I was finding it hard to keep up and not enjoying it anymore. I always felt I had it in me to be a good carer, had a word with Chris and he took me on board.

What is it that keeps you motivated to do this job?

I am Motivated each day by the fact I can see R (the person I support) still growing in confidence, it’s great watching him progress and I know there is still room to improve his confidence and self belief and become confident amongst other people.

What is your most memorable experience?

My very first day working by myself, not shadowing… Supporting a lad who was unable to talk and not the best on his feet. Decided on a walk around a local reservoir, we were appropriately dressed as snow had been forecast. I’ve never known snow fall as fast, a good 8in easy within a 15 minute period vision was so bad you could hardly see a yard in front of you, it was getting cold by the minute and the poor lad could hardly walk, I was scared out of my wits, no reception on my mobile, I genuinely thought I was going to be stranded. We were like snowmen when we did get back to the car. It was then another battle trying to get back to his house, the roads were that bad! The following week his mum said he’d thoroughly enjoyed it and never been in snow as deep! I remember thinking what have I let myself in for here! I don’t think I’ve ever had so many emotions within a 4/5 hour period!

What is your proudest moment?

5. I’m dead proud of the fact that every single person I’ve supported has gained something from me, be it confidence, self belief or just happy memories of the times we’ve spent together.

Where is the furthest place you have taken someone on a day trip or holiday?

Marmaris, Turkey

What is the most extreme thing you have done?

It would have to be taking my support to Turkey for the first time, the responsibility for keeping him safe is big pressure, long days and hard work but very rewarding.

What is the funniest moment you have had?

Never a week passes without some funny incident in care work. I used to drop my support home from Pennine Magpie back to his parents in Ripponden, we’d stop at this garage to buy his dad a Courier and this particular day he bought himself a packet of lockets, it’s not really in his DNA to share things. I said what about one1 for me, he just said no, he then proceeded to scoff the whole packet at once, he could hardly chew he had so many in his mouth and he just kept smiling as he chewed away! His face was like an hamster storing food, it was hilarious! I often remind him about it and he just laughs his head off!

Anything else you want to tell us?

If you’re wanting to be a carer for CJP Outreach or any other company for that matter, it’s important you understand that caring isn’t just any job, you have to be a special person to be a good carer, you either have the ability or you don’t. The number of people over the years who’ve said to me I couldn’t do your job, I really admire you though gives you a really proud feeling. It’s not a walk in the park job and you ideally shouldn’t be working in care unless it’s a job you really, really want to do. It’s a job which requires dedication, attention to detail. You’re not only letting yourself down if you’re wanting to be a carer just for the sake of taking a job, more importantly you’d be letting down the person/s you were expected to support/care for. You do need certain qualities to be a carer, most you pick up as you go along, in my opinion the main two are to have a caring nature which I honestly feel a true carer is born with and a hell of a lot of patience. In return you get a lot of job satisfaction, its very rewarding knowing you’re helping someone who isn’t as fortunate as yourself, you also have the added bonus of meeting a lot of nice people in the care sector. It was a decision I made 12yrs ago to be that ‘special person’, I’ve never regretted it.

How many years have you been working in health & social care?

I have been working in health & social care for 14 years.

Why did you get into health & social care?

I began my career in health & social care because I felt I have always had a caring nature.

In school I had a friend who had down syndrome but sadly passed away at the age of 7.

Also my neighbour had down syndrome and I always enjoyed playing out with her and sticking up for her.

And when my grandmother became elderly I was always with her after finishing my shifts, helping her, cooking meals together and spending quality time with her until she passed away.

What is it that keeps you motivated to do this job?

What keeps me motivated is seeing the people I support smiling after helping/supporting them with something, such as day to day activities or something educational.

What is your most memorable experience?

My most memorable experience is taking a client on a stag do to Düsseldorf. He appeared to have so much fun with family and friends.

What is your proudest moment?

My proudest moment is seeing people achieve what they wanted, that could be something in education or a social aspect such as talking to someone new or making new friends.

Where is the furthest place you have taken someone on a day trip or holiday?

I have supported a group of people on a holiday to Disneyland Florida.

What is the most extreme thing you have done?

The most extreme thing I have done is going abseiling with a person who has cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair.  It was a very scary experience for me!

What is the funniest moment you have had?

One of my funniest experience’s whilst working in Health and social care is supporting a massive Jeremy Kyle Show fan on a trip to be in the audience.

He met Jeremy and was overwhelmed and very shy.

Once the show got going he couldn’t control his excitement and was laughing and making happy noises throughout the shows recording.

They had to keep stopping and doing different takes and Jeremy was very understanding and found it funny too. In the end they continued and said they would remove his laughing when editing!

How many years have you been working in health & social care?

I have been working in Health and Social care for 15 years

Why did you get into health & social care?

I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives, whether that be in supporting someone within their daily routine, achieving goals and aspirations or fulfilling life long dreams. I wanted to support people to live their best life

What is it that keeps you motivated to do this job?

Seeing how the people I support are growing as individuals, in confidence, maturity and in their achievements. Also seeing and hearing of other care providers that are failing people makes me want to push myself more to help and show others that not everyone is like that, these is good care out there.

What is your most memorable experience?

Supporting a client in Amsterdam down the red light district, his reaction was amazing!

What is your proudest moment?

My proudest moment would be myself, I’m proud of what I have achieved working as an outreach worker, I’m proud of the difference I’m making and proud of the impact I’ve had on my clients

Where is the furthest place you have taken someone on a day trip or holiday?

Amsterdam

What is the most extreme thing you have done?

Nothing too extreme with any of my clients as of yet other than big roller coasters. But my personal one would be jumping out of an aeroplane at 15000ft.

What is the funniest moment you have had?

I supported a client on a night out and throughout the night I would ask him what he wanted to drink, he wanted to drink cocktails but kept selecting mocktails (non alcoholic cocktails) off the menu not realising. I didn’t say anything all night and watched him throughout the night thinking he was drunk, we then got back to the hotel and he was slurring his words so much and acting drunk you would have believed it. I then told him what he had been drinking throughout the night and I’ve never seen a bigger change in how he was acting, the slurring stopped, big grin on his face and then the words “oh” came out. We still laugh about it whenever I bring it up.

 

How many years have you been working in health & social care?

I have been working in Health and Social care for 16+ years

Why did you get into health & social care?

Due to my brother and late fathers health and care needs.

What is it that keeps you motivated to do this job?

Providing an exceptional quality of care to ensure the person receiving the support is able to live their very best life.

What is your most memorable experience?

Too many to mention, but helping someone achieve a goal or dream is mega and really humbling to be a part of and share these experiences.

What is your proudest moment?

Helping someone prepare to establish moving into their own supported home.

Where is the furthest place you have taken someone on a day trip or holiday?

Australia closely followed by Japan.

What is the most extreme thing you have done?

Supporting someone to a metal festival in Eastern Europe, camping in a field whilst battling torrential wet weather!

What is the funniest moment you have had?

Turning the shower on and it coming through the diverting tap resulting in getting utterly drenched!

Anything else you want to tell us?

The job is challenging, but so rewarding and fulfilling. Being able to be a part of someone’s life and make it that little bit better, happier and fulfilled. Certainly many brilliant memories that will stay with me for a lifetime.