Orland Clarke - Deputy Area Manager

I have worked in care since 1997. I like helping those who are not as fortunate as myself. It’s rewarding to see those we support grow and develop, seeking opportunities to stretch themselves – and seeing a wider world away from their normal surroundings. I like it when they’re happy and contented and want to support them to have the life that they desire.

Developing and inspiring staff is also one of my joys. I get a real buzz from encouraging them to seek opportunities and shape their careers in – or even outside – social care, pushing them to be the best they can be in terms of self-fulfillment and career development. I really love seeing staff move on from, say, support workers to managers, nurses or even another career of their choice.

While social care work can be rewarding, it can also be frustrating. For me, the main challenges are around recruiting male support workers into the industry, getting teams to change their work practices and improving team culture overall.

As I’m a family man, I do many family-oriented activities in my spare time. I like to listen to music, go the cinema or theatre and watch sport. Basically enjoying my own time – when I have it!

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