More than just a job for Nancy Carer’s ful­fill­ing ca­reer af­ter help

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Dou­glas Dickie

A worker at a Ruther­glen care home is back­ing a na­tional drive to recog­nise the ben­e­fits of em­ploy­ing people with dis­abil­i­ties.

Nancy Martin works at Dun­crag­gan Care Home on Blair­beth Road.

The 54-year-old joined Keane Pre­mier Care Homes as a se­nior as­sis­tant in 2015.

Be­fore that she spent 22 years out of work due to de­bil­i­tat­ing de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety which saw her strug­gle with mood swings and a lack of con­fi­dence.

She com­pleted a course run by Rem­ploy which helped im­prove her skill set and con­fi­dence.

Af­ter start­ing at Dun­ve­gan Care Home she made the move to a full-time role in Burn­side where she still works.

Nancy said: “Af­ter suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety for so long, I was re­signed to the fact that I might not be able to work again as I was get­ting a bit older and I wasn’t sure any­one would want to take some­one on with this kind of dis­abil­ity.

“Rem­ploy made all the dif­fer­ence; I got more and more com­fort­able dur­ing the course with them and started to feel more con­fi­dent.

“It was thanks to them I got the in­ter­view with the care home and I was so happy that I would be able to do some­thing worth­while and get to use my people skills in such a re­ward­ing role.

“My em­ployer has been great and I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop my skills through var­i­ous cour­ses, in­clud­ing be­ing able to start my SVQ level 3. I would say to any­one in the same po­si­tion, don’t give up, there’s so much help and sup­port out there and people do look be­yond your dis­abil­ity and recog­nise the skills you can bring to a role.”

Nancy was speak­ing as it emerged only around 40 per cent of work­ing age dis­abled adults in Scot­land are in em­ploy­ment.

A num­ber of part­ners, in­clud­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment, are be­hind the campaign.

Lynn Smith, owner of Keane Pre­mier Care Homes, said: “Nancy is everything that en­com­passes a good carer.

“When I first met her, I thought right away this woman is the real deal. She is re­li­able, com­mit­ted and con­sci­en­tious and gives 100 per cent all of the time”

Busi­nesses can visit em­ploy­a­bil­i­tyin­scot­ for fur­ther ad­vice.

Work­ing out­Nancy hopes to see the num­bers of dis­abled people in work in­crease

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