Brunelcare, a Bristol-based charity that has been providing care, support and housing to older people in the Southwest for 80 years, has launched a new campaign to encourage those whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic to consider a career in care.

The campaign features Brunelcare staff members who previously worked in hard-hit sectors such as hospitality, retail and travel, but have now found rewarding new careers.

Ellie joined Brunelcare’s Little Heath Reablement Centre in August 2020, after her dream job as cabin crew was put on hold due to Covid-19:  “I had just finished my training with British Airways when my role was postponed. I considered being a paramedic and looked for experience in care first. However, since I’ve been working at Little Heath as a Care Assistant, I’ve already decided that I don’t want to leave!”

 Claudia was a Retail Manager for 17 years before joining Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care Home. She joined Brunelcare in May 2020 as part of the Wellbeing Team and hasn’t looked back:  “I really love it here. At first I was scared about losing my previous job and facing the unknown, but since joining Brunelcare I’m a lot happier than in my previous role. Being able to put a smile on someone’s face is amazing. When you know you’re making a difference it’s really important, it’s so much more rewarding!”

Brian Whittaker, Director of HR at Brunelcare, says “If you’re a kind, committed people-person there are a wide variety of roles available within care. We provide comprehensive training to all new team members, so if you’re ready to make a difference to people’s lives, we’re ready to support you!”

To find out more about how you can Change Careers, Change Lives visit: brunelcare.org.uk/work-with-us