Training on the job worked for Linda

I started working in care around five years ago, after seeing a close friend struggle to look after her son with mental health issues. I have never done anything like this before, but after doing the research I realised I could train on the job. I also looked into various personal qualifications which could be done during time off to build my knowledge and experience.

I applied for a job with Voyage Care, the company had been recommended by a friend and it helped that they managed a couple of centres quite close to my home. The interview was daunting as I had never worked in the industry before, but I was excited and the Voyage Care staff made me feel completely at ease.

After a few weeks the nerves calmed down and I started to really enjoy my new job. Every day I was learning something new. I work for a centre where I look after George, who I now class as a friend rather than someone I support. George has learning disabilities and although he is very independent, he struggles with confidence and is slightly awkward in social situations. We get out of the centre every day, even if it’s just for a walk, and I help him to interact and communicate with neighbours and the local community. I help him to do his shopping, visit family and live as normal a life as possible. I’ve noticed a huge difference in George’s attitude; he is really planning for the future and not letting his learning disabilities interrupt his life anymore.

If you’re thinking about becoming a support worker I would definitely recommend working for Voyage Care. Just go for it, even if you have to completely change career direction because you get so much satisfaction. The training is provided for you to become the very best, and the support I have received from the wider team has been brilliant. Of course there are challenges, but you can see the difference you are making to someone’s life so it’s worth it.

Linda Hetherton

At Voyage Care, we know it takes great people to build a great company. That’s why we are committed to creating a culture that empowers to be your best every day. If you share our passion for person-centred care, we can promise you a career that offers you benefits, recognition and great training and development opportunities. Check out our current vacancies.

You can find more about careers with Voyage Care here. If you have any queries regarding your job search call us on 0800 035 5474 or email

More success stories

View all success stories >
Nursing care homes
Nursing care homes

Sascha keeps progressing at Sadlers Place

In 2015, Sascha joined Voyage Care as a support worker at Sadlers...

Nursing care homes
Nursing care homes

Why two resignations brought a smile to our Director of Quality

‘I was absolutely delighted today to receive news of not one,...

Nursing care homes
Nursing care homes

"I love the work I do"

In my early 20’s, I worked for a local landscaping company in...

Nursing care homes
Nursing care homes

Training on the job worked for Linda

I started working in care around five years ago, after seeing a close...

Onwards and upwards for Ashleigh

Ashleigh was happy living at home with her mum but always said that...

Holistic approach stopped David's challenging behaviour

David lives in a specialist supported living service. When he moved...

Ben gets his first paid job

Ben Jordan is one of the people we support in Warwickshire and he...

Moving on with Voyage Care - Andrea and Riley's story

Andrea and Riley both wanted to move out of a Voyage Care residential...

Supporting Derek on his adventure holiday

Derek is a young man living in one of our supported living services...

Getting Danny ready for college

Danny is a young man who is supported by Voyage Care in a residential...

Make An Enquiry