Julie Watson is a Care and Support Worker here at The Crescent. She has worked with us for 2 years, but more importantly, she has now worked within the Care Industry for 40 years! Last week we celebrated this milestone with a surprise lunch for her in our Tea and Coffee Lounge.
In this blog, Julie tells us more about her 40 years in care.
I started my higher education at Dewsbury and Batley Technical and Art College, studying Health and Social Care. After completing all my modules, I decided that I wanted to work with the elderly.
In 1978, my College Tutor helped to get me get a weekend job in Batley Hall Nursing Home, to gain some experience. After 2 weeks of working there, a position became available, so I was offered a full-time job. At the time, we only had 8 clients, but they became like family to me and I knew then that this was what I was passionate about. After working there for 2 years and starting off my career in care, I went to work for the local authority. I worked full-time at Lydgate House, Soothill and loved every one of the residents that I worked with. It was then that I became aware that everyone had a different way of living and different needs. I learnt lots of new things and in 1999 I worked to gain my NVQ level 2.
I have lots of memories from my time in different organisations and the legacy of many residents stay with me in my memories. In 1984 I had my first baby, and I then returned to work part-time. I worked at Lydgate House for 22 years! I then went to another home where I got the role as Team Leader and worked there from 2001-2012. After working for an agency for a short period of time, I moved on to where I am now and where my daughter also works!
I haven’t looked back since and sometimes wish I had moved to The Crescent a lot earlier on in my career! I have a varied group of clients who I care for and I genuinely see them all as friends.
Here at The Crescent, I have had to learn to work independently, as previously I had been used to working in a group. It was a big change for me, but the training and support here is fantastic and the management have believed in me from day one.
I love my job and I get satisfaction knowing that I help people to remain safely looked after and cared for in their own homes. Lots of things have changed in my 40 years as a Carer and there have been lots of developments to safeguard both Carers and clients.
I have looked after some amazing people in my 40 years and each one has left me with some lovely memories. I like to think that I have also left footprints in their hearts and left them and their families with a good view on Carers and the care industry. I am looking forward to many more years at The Crescent, making a difference to people’s lives.