Weston woman inspired to care for others

A WESTON woman was inspired to start work in a care home and take on an apprenticeship after being placed in supported housing for young people.

Rebecca Shipton, aged 21, of Grove Park Road, is doing an apprenticeship in health and social care and has started her placement at Beach Lawns care home in Beach Road.

She said: “I was very lucky to have an amazing support worker, who said I would be very good at this. So she got me doing volunteer work for the home group where I did workshops in training and helping people.

“I just love putting smiles on people’s faces. It’s the little things that make a big difference.”

The care home has taken on two trainees, who will also receive support from Weston College tutors, and has plans to take on three more in the next few weeks.

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The home has also taken on teenager Leanne Williams, of St Georges, as part of her apprenticeship in business and administration. She currently works on reception and aims to get more hands on experience with care work.

Leanne, aged 19, said: “I’m a caring person so I wanted to work in a friendly, caring environment. I have had a great experience so far and am enjoying being part of a team and learning a lot.

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“Doing an apprenticeship gives you hands on experience which enables you to enjoy it more.”

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