It's a family affair for our Hampshire mother and daughter care workers!
31 March 2014
‘Like mother, like daughter’ certainly rings true for this group of kind-hearted carers from our Solent Care at Home service in Hampshire!
The four mother and daughter pairs all work together to change the lives of disabled people every day. They joined together in celebration of Mothering Sunday to show how inspiring and rewarding a career in caring can be.
The dedicated duos are part of Leonard Cheshire’s 5,000-strong care workforce, of which 84% are women.
Lesley Hammer and Donna White
Lesley has managed the Solent Care at Home service, which supports 270 disabled people in and around Hampshire, for 14 years, and started her career with us 21 years ago while getting some valuable experience for her NVQ. Lesley and her daughter Donna, a carer at the service, have an agreement not to discuss work at home.
‘I am passionate about supporting others to be more independent and get as much out of life as possible. If I can make someone smile, then I am happy. I am incredibly proud of my daughter in every way. I admire her problem-solving skills and her professionalism.’ —
‘I decided to become a carer because I was unhappy in my old job. I have grown up seeing mum in her role for years, so it was inevitable that I followed her into the same profession. My job is great because no two days are the same and I am not behind a computer all day. Seeing someone I support happy makes me happy!’ —
Janet Trowse and Gemma Fair
Janet and her daughter Gemma put their maternal bond to the test as they regularly team up to provide care and support to disabled people who live in their own homes. A passion for caring runs in the family as Janet's husband and two nieces also work in the same profession.
‘I have been a carer all my life. It's a great feeling and I get so much out of it. I am always mindful that I am caring for for someone's relative, partner or friend. Everyone deserves respect and dignity. I hope one day if I need it someone will be there for me.’ —
‘I love meeting new people and doing something good with my day. Mum and I have a brilliant working relationship and I am always learning from her. It's great because we get to see each other all the time. Mum is so kind and always has been. She started all the careers in our family and we are so grateful.’ —
Caron Lucie and Natasha Smith
Natasha Smith has worked for Leonard Cheshire Disability for two-and-a-half years. She is passionate about helping others and said she wouldn't ever change her profession for the world. When Caron saw how much enjoyment her daughter Natasha was getting out of her job, she decided to follow in her footsteps!
‘My daughter taught me everything I know about care work. I spent many years looking after Natasha and teaching her about life, it is wonderful she now has the chance to support and guide me. I am so proud of my amazing daughter. Seeing her in action at work is impressive. She is so professional, has a kind manner with people and is incredibly caring.’ —
‘I get so much job satisfaction and I knew my mum would really enjoy care work too, as we are very similar. I'm glad I persuaded her to join the team! We get on so well and look out for each other. It's great to see how mum has developed and grown in her role.’ —
Sue and Laura Law
Sue has spent most of her life caring for others. Although she doesn’t work directly with her daughter Laura, they both have a passion for care work and enjoy not being stuck behind a desk.
‘I started as a carer when I was 18, so my daughter has always seen me in this role. I was delighted when she said she wanted to be a carer. It's such a hands-on job and the face-to-face interaction makes it for me.’ —
‘It makes me feel good knowing that by helping someone I am making a difference to their life. If a client lives alone, we may be the only person they see that day, so taking time to talk to them is so important. My mum has been an inspiration to me and always will be. We see each other all the time and get on brilliantly.’ —
Solent Care at Home supports 270 children and adults in their own homes. It operates across Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.