While some new Extra Hands employees have been steered towards the caring sector by the pandemic, one of our newest staff members, 25-year-old Natalie Ely from Hunstanton, was already considering the move so it was pure coincidence that she joined at one of the busiest times in the company’s history.
“I’d ummed and ahhed about entering the world of care work for a long time, and I just happened to make the move now, but I’m so glad I did – it’s incredibly rewarding,” she said.
The mum-of-two works evenings and alternate weekends out of the Heacham office, and said the company’s consideration of work/life balance offered had been a big selling point.
“In previous jobs, when I’ve been to talk to management I’ve felt like I was on tenterhooks but there’s absolutely none of that here, it’s like talking to friends,” she said. “I can’t fault my coordinator Sarah at all, she makes you feel so at ease and you can go to her with absolutely anything job-related.”
Part-time work has also enabled Natalie to strike the right balance between roles at her own home, and that of others.
“My main concern was that if you hear someone’s not well, or been taken to hospital, I was worried I’d get too attached, but I’ve learnt to give my all at work, and then to have the capability not to take my work home with me,” she said.