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Care Horizons Marks Expansion As New Member Joins The Team

South Gloucestershire care provider Care Horizons has marked an exciting new chapter, as it welcomes new Care Worker Andrew Johnson.

Andrew has come to Care Horizons following a momentous career change. He originally trained as a chef, starting work in the catering sector at 16-years-old, and undertaking a 20-year career in restaurants and schools.

During his time working as a school chef, he became aware of how much he loved working with children. “I had got to the point where I really felt that I didn’t enjoy my job, but I knew that I liked working with kids, so this was where I started. Following extensive research, I felt that a career in social care was the right direction for me.

“Within my hometown, the Cadbury Health area of Bristol, I saw children and families that needed help every day. I was drawn to the idea of a career in social care, having seen how many people, and especially families, needed support in their local area. I therefore began exploring how I could pursue a meaningful move to the sector.

“I began my six-year degree in Social Care with the Open University in 2022, which truly opened my eyes to the variety of outputs and joy the sector can bring. At the beginning of my course, I had an epiphany – I knew that to ensure I got the most from the experience and to truly embed myself in the sector, I needed to be working in social care as well as studying.

“Initially, I explored working with an agency which supported those with autism, which really opened my eyes to this area of social care. Having achieved my autism accreditation, I was keen to explore more of the sector and the care system in general.

“On seeing a role with Care Horizons, I felt very drawn to the way the company worked within the care sector, offering at home support to those with varied needs in South Gloucestershire, whilst ensuring clients maintain their independence. I was thrilled to be offered the position and have really enjoyed getting to know the team and the clients so far.”

Andrew is working with a variety of clients, with a varying spectrum of needs. “I have already learnt so much in my limited time, which has been an eye-opening experience. I am really looking forward to embedding myself within the Care Horizons team and building relationships with our wonderful clients.”

Vierka Hiscock, CEO of Care Horizons, is very excited to be expanding the social care team. “Andrew has made a wonderful addition to our team and we have already received fantastic feedback from our clients about his genuine and caring manner. We feel so encouraged to have welcomed a new face to the team, especially as he has chosen to make the big career change to social care later in life. It is a fantastic industry, which we hope will continue to attract new, bright faces.”