Every year Local solutions celebrates the Long Service awards. Staff from across the organisation come together to celebrate the dedicated members of the Local Solutions family who have spent 15, 20, 25 and even up to forty years working to support vulnerable people.
Staff members who have reached their 15th year receive their first award for long service. The awards are held at the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool City Centre. This year 25 staff members are receiving an award, with an astounding total of 490 years service between them.
This year, our Homecare team will be celebrating 9 staff members with a combined 155 years service between them. With some receiving awards for 15 years and some for 20 years.
Pauline Dilworth is one of the awardees that will be receiving her first Long Service Award for 15 years service. Pauline started her work life doing bar work and waitressing. This was fine for her until her children were born. So she looked for work that could be more flexible. She got her first caring role working nights at a care home. This fitted perfectly with looking after her kids as she would work overnight and be home in time to wake the kids up in the morning. It was with the same organisation that Pauline got her first experience of Care Support Work.
One of Pauline's friends had started working at Local Solutions, which is how Pauline was introduced to us. Pauline made the decision to join us shortly after. Since then, Pauline has recommended our Care Support Worker jobs to members of her family who have since taken on a role as part of our team.
Pauline has made many close connections with a wide variety of people since she has joined us, as well as taking on a number of different roles. Pauline used to work nights, providing care to many people in their homes, developing friendships with them and their families. Following on from this, Pauline became a Team Leader.
Whilst Pauline was fond of being a Team Leader, she found that she missed the relationships that she built whilst working as a Care Support Worker so she transitioned back to her old role.
We asked Pauline about what she liked about working in Homecare
"You Learn so much and meet so many people. I wouldn't look for something new, I'm happy doing what I do"
"People can be overwhelmed by the role at first, but with proper guidance, even people with no experience can make great Care Support Workers."
We can't thank Pauline enough for her years of dedicated service. Without people like her, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.
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