Meet our Carers

We’re very proud of our dedicated, dynamic team of Carers, who work hard to ensure that they deliver the highest quality of care.

Our Carers are from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, and range in age from school leavers to those in retirement!

Read about some of our Carers and why they like working for NEDCare:

Annie

Annie has been a Carer at NEDCare for the last 2 years. Hailing from North Devon, Annie is the youngest Carer on our team, at 20 years old.

Annie says, ‘working with NEDCare has for sure been a wild ride but I wouldn’t change it for the world as it’s made me who I am today. I’ve got some amazing friends who also work at NEDCare – we’re just one big family!’

Currently Annie is working on a Level 2 Diploma in Care, and outside of work can be found working on a van build with her step-Dad, to go on adventures in with her dog Cooper!

 

 

 

Hilary

Hilary has been working with NEDCare for the past 2 years, having moved down to Devon from Somerset. Previously a biochemistry research assistant and special needs teacher, Hilary is now in her 60s, has retired and lives just outside Lustleigh.

Hilary was looking for some voluntary work to keep her occupied when she found NEDCare.

She says that ‘in the summer there’s plenty to do in my garden, but winters can be long on Dartmoor!’. As she has always lived in the country, she enjoys talking to clients about a wide range of topics, and never struggles for things to talk about. ‘The best part of working for NEDCare’, Hilary says, ‘is knowing that you make a big difference to people’s lives, both practically and emotionally’.

Hilary was attracted to NEDCare’s ethos of being a charity, and a local organisation making people’s lives better in the community. She says, ‘the flexibility in hours works well for me; it fits in with my retirement and family life’. Outside working for NEDCare, Hilary enjoys long walks with her dog on the moor, growing veg, tending to her chickens and spending time with her grandchildren.

Jax

Jax has been a Carer at NEDCare since March 2020.

She says, ‘My name is Jacquie but I’m mostly known as Jax. I’m originally from Zimbabwe and have been living in the UK since 2001. I’m a mum to three boys, live in Chagford and have been based here for the last 3.5 years.

I have been involved in care work for roughly 20 years, although in and around various family commitments.  I was introduced to NEDCare and the services they provide when a family member needed their support. Through this, I gained first-hand experience of the care and support they provide.

I’ve been working with NEDCare since the beginning of March 2020, just as the pandemic hit the UK. Since working with NEDcare, I have experienced many challenging experiences, which were easily overcome by the support of the team.

I love working as a domiciliary carer, having the opportunity to support elderly and vulnerable people, helping them to be comfortable in their own homes. The variety of clients and support they need keeps the job interesting as no two days are the same.

I’ve enjoy driving to our client’s homes as Dartmoor is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! I feel privileged to work alongside such a caring and committed team of carers as well as supporting our wonderful clients. I feel blessed to be able to do this work.The variety of care needs vary from client to client, from social interaction; providing physical support in food preparation, housekeeping tasks to the more intensive personal care needs; and sadly on occasion supporting palliatively at end of life.

Outside of NEDcare, I enjoy running, reading and spending quality time with my family. I volunteer as a baby & toddler group leader for two groups in Chagford and I’m part of the leadership team at Chagford Gospel Church.
I’m very grateful to be able to work with both the young and the elderly as this provides a good balance with early learning through to end of life. In short, I love what I do!