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Our Care and Support Worker Julie Watson celebrates 40 years in the Care Industry!

Our care and support worker Julie Watson celebrates 40 years in the care industry!

Congratulations to this valued member of our team!

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.

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.