Men Care Too - Liam's Campaign
In his two years of working within adult social care; Liam, 26, hasn’t stopped laughing and is learning something new every single day.
“This job is different to all of my other jobs. It doesn’t feel like the daily grind and I aren’t just repeating the day before – I really am making a difference. I might be in the same place, surrounded by the same people but no day is ever the same.”
In the home where Liam works, there used to be more female residents than male. Now, it’s quite the opposite. More and more males are needing care and as people are living longer, this will only increase. Liam wants to encourage more males to consider a career in care and says that they would probably surprise themselves, just like he did.
“Give it a go! It isn’t what people think it is, it’s not just personal care - in fact that is probably the smallest part of the role. Often male residents have different experiences, hobbies and interests to female residents but they all love to interact with one another and enjoy real community spirit.”
His friends have chosen various careers such as building work and mechanics but he is the only one who has chosen adult social care.
“Maybe public perceptions put men off, it is seen as a female career and there is definitely a stigma attached. The way I see it is I could be a builder like some of my friends but it takes months to build a house and to finally complete your project. In my job, it’s like completing a project every 30 seconds – I get immediate job satisfaction and don’t have to wait for it.”