"I first started working with Cornerstone in April 2013, after working with various other care companies for several years. The care sector was something I fell into by accident. I left school after 6th year, and despite having offers at university, I opted to take a year out and find work. After a year of various jobs in construction, I got my first job in care at the age of 19. I had by this point decided that I would like to go on to study nursing, and thought that a job in care would be a good starting point for me.
After a while, I had become settled in my job and further ambitions were not realised. When the opportunity to join Cornerstone first arose, I was a little disheartened by my experience in care and had been looking for a career elsewhere. After my initial interview I felt really positive that working with Cornerstone would be a positive move in my life. After being told the Cornerstone values of caring, customer -focussed, professional and pioneering, I believed that Cornerstone stood out from other providers in the care sector, and that I would be joining a company that wanted to be the face of change in its field. I started working for community support (CS) in North Lanarkshire and rediscovered my joy for working in the care sector, meeting and working with some fantastic people. After two years, I then joined North Lanarkshire Connects where I currently work. Working in Connects gave me an opportunity to utilise my skills and hobbies outside of work, such as music, art and creative writing which I have been able to incorporate into the Connects groups.
Recently, Connects became a LCAST team, which has being an exciting prospect. Day-to-day, I work to provide fun and engaging activities for the people we support, organising events and helping the people we support live a valued life.
I can honestly say that I love my job and the best part of it for me is seeing the difference being made to people’s lives every single day and the ability to put a smile on a face."