A Cambridgeshire care community is calling for young people to consider a career in social care. Its young carers taking the spotlight to share why there is no better time to join the sector.

Askham Village Community, a specialist care and rehabilitation group, near Doddington, is shining a light on its young carers today (16th March) to mark Young Carers Action Day. They are encouraging fellow young people to embrace a career in social care during a time when more people appreciate the importance of the role.

In its sixth year, Young Carers Action Day is an annual event organised by Carers Trust. It aims to raise awareness of young carers and the incredible contribution they make to both the sector and their local communities. This year’s focus is on highlighting the skills developed through being a young carer.

Skills for life

18-year-old Askham carer, Chloe Browning, believes a young carers skills come in abundance. “I’ve been working in social care for one-year now, and in that short space of time I’ve learnt and developed so many important skills,” Chloe said. “Social care is such an interactive environment, helping you build empathy and resilience in a professional setting. Everyone is valued and made to feel comfortable and confident in their ability to perform their duty of care. I find Askham to be a very healthy workspace, in terms of making sure staff wellbeing is paramount. We’re all looked after like a family and provided with the tools to excel in providing outstanding care.”

Chloe’s sister, 20-year-old Rebecca Browning, is also a carer at Askham. She added: “I can’t think of a more rewarding and inspiring place to work. I’ve been at Askham for almost three years now and the management have been so supportive. They are really flexible too, helping me to fit childcare around my work. I’ve been empowered with the platform to progress my career and I’m looking to do my Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care this spring.”

More than just a job

Another young carer, 18-year-old Nicole Webb, believes social care is one of the most rewarding jobs available, noting how being able to directly make a positive difference to someone’s life every day is unique to the sector. “More than just a job, social care offers a real vocation – and with career development aplenty, combined with a demand for new starters, it’s the perfect time to join,”.

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, Director at Askham Village Community, said: “Following an increased recognition of young carers’ contribution to society in the wake of the pandemic, there is no better time to join the sector. Care is at the heart of what we do and we’re looking for young people who do just that: care. If you think that’s you, then care as a career is something to seriously think about. With full training provided, you don’t need any experience, you just need a positive, can-do and, above all, caring attitude.”

A family-run business for over 30 years, Askham Village Community provides specialist nursing and care for the very young to the elderly, offering day visits, respite or long-term care, goal-focussed rehabilitation, and continuing reablement support.

Interested in a career in care? This video is a taste of life at Askham