Jo Perkins has been a support worker for 15 years. She recently spoke with us about her role and career progression.

What did you do before you started work at Guild Care?

I worked as a Care Assistant and then a Senior Care Assistant at a local Care Home.

How long have you been working at Guild Care? What three words/phrases would you use to describe your role?

I have worked in this building for 14 and a half years! I worked for Worthing Scope before the business was taken over by Guild Care five years ago. I would describe my role as:

  • Every day is different
  • Very Interesting
  • Lots of Fun!

Can you see your career developing at Guild Care?

It already has! There are lots of opportunities, and the right training and support is offered to enable you to progress within your career. I started as a support worker, was promoted to senior support worker, and am now a Deputy Manger for two of the Learning Disability Services (Fitzalen & Ashdown).

Would you recommend Guild Care to other job seekers? Why?

Yes, Guild Care provide a lot of opportunity. You can start with the company doing one role and then, with the training and support on offer, do a completely different role in a different service.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to give all our carers time to care. What did this mean to you when you were a carer?

Clients are the most important part of my role. I have time to offer person-centred care; the clients are what we are here for. Clients love coming here, they look forward to it. One of the things they like most is meeting new friends.

Any thing else you would like to say?

Guild Care are a good employer, a lot has changed since COVID and Guild Care have been really supportive within this time. I can really relate to Guild Care’s values:

  • Brave
  • Engaging
  • Loving
  • Integrity
  • Everyone Matters
  • Free to be me