Luke Sheehan has formed a successful career for himself in social care since taking up his first job in the sector back in 2007.
After supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health issues as a Support Worker when he started out, Luke has worked his way up and held management roles over the last 11 years, helping people with different support needs in a range of services.
Luke currently works for Cheshire West and Chester Council company Vivo Care Choices, overseeing the supported living and respite services at Dover Drive in Ellesmere Port.
He manages a team of staff supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and profound intellectual multiple disabilities (PIMD), making sure each person has the individual care and support they need daily.
Luke said: “When I first started out, I didn’t really know much about the job and it wasn’t something I’d necessarily wanted to do all my life.
“I was a young man whose interests were sport and going out with my friends. I wanted a job so I had the money to do those things.
“In my first job working in supported living, it didn’t feel like I was working at all as I was getting to know a lot of different people who all had a different story.
“I was helping to make a difference to their lives by supporting them to do things like attending college, getting a job, improving their social life, managing their own finances and learning to cook.
“No two days were the same and, as I built up relationships with the people I was supporting, I began to enjoy it more and more.
“I wanted to make a career out of this and set about working my way up through the management structure.”
With a lot of organisations like Vivo paying the Local Living Wage (LLW) and providing a clear pathway for careers to progress, the care sector can appeal to a range of people with different backgrounds.
Luke added: “I can’t say what the single best thing about this job is as there are a lot of great things to enjoy.
“Once you take a step into social care, it will open up so many different opportunities for you.
“Social care is never boring as you are making a genuine difference to people’s lives, you can earn a good living out of it and there is always something new to try.
“Give it a chance and make a difference to your life as well as someone else’s.”