Jade sheds light on a career in caring


A Taunton-based care worker is helping Somerset County Council give an insight into the world of working with people who have a learning disability.

The Council’s Learning Disability Service chose support worker Jade Jones to star in a short film that shows the ins and outs of the role. The film, which can be found on the service’s recruitment website http://www.learningdisabilitysomerset.com features Jade going about her day-to-day tasks at The Brambles in Taunton.

Last year she won the New Starter Award and has recently been promoted from support assistant to support worker. Now she aspires to become a Team Manager.

“Originally I was going to go into the police, but they said I needed life experience so this is something naturally I thought I could do,” she said. “A year later, I love it.”

“You’re making someone’s life better. You go home feeling happy about yourself, I think that’s probably one of the best jobs in the world.”

Cllr William Wallace, the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Jade is a great example of someone who loves her job and is great at it. She has already come a long way within the service and I’m sure she will go far.

“It’s a job where you can make an incredible difference to people’s lives every single day and I hope Jade’s experiences in our efforts to recruit more new staff. If you think it might be the role for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Somerset County Council’s Learning Disabilities Service is recruiting to a range of positions across the county. They are seeking a variety of flexible and creative people who are enthusiastic to make a difference in other’s lives, with many opportunities for education and progression.

If you are interested in working for the Learning Disabilities Service, or finding out more information about the roles, please visit www.learningdisabilitysomerset.com or telephone Iain Reed 01823 250902.