The pandemic has changed many people’s lives in ways they could not have imagined, with fate intervening to transform personal circumstances.
One person who knows all about that is former mobile hairdresser Amanda Hathaway, from Dersingham, who saw her work stopped in its tracks by lockdown, but this inspired her to a career change into caring with Extra Hands, and she said in challenging times, it had turned out to be an inspired move.
“I’ve been a hairdresser since I was 16, with a lot of my customers tended to be older, and I’ve ended up doing extra things like shopping to help them anyway,” said the 53-year-old.
“I had thought about trying caring when I was a bit older, but when COVID shut down home visiting, I thought it was time to make the move now.”
Although Amanda admits that a career move after so many years in hairdressing was a challenge, she did have transferrable skills which helped with the switch.
“Hairdressing comes naturally to me, it’s been my life since I was 16, so to do anything else was always going to be a big step,” she said.
“Fortunately going into people’s houses and making yourself at home there, and making the homeowner comfortable with that, is what I’ve done for years,” she said.
“Now, I absolutely love being a carer. Making the users happy and leaving them safe, with a smile on their face, is the best feeling.”