“I love caring for people. I spent most of my life working in retail then I became a cook in a care home. But I discovered that I really liked spending time with the residents, and thinking up activities which led me to becoming a meaningful activities co-ordinator at Braeside House.

“I really like to see what the residents need. I start off by asking them what did they like to do before they came to Braeside House. That gives me something to build on.

“I have recently started up a walking group. It’s been brilliant, not just for the exercise, but also for encouraging people to be sociable. We go around and knock on doors to see if residents want to join our walking talking group. It doesn’t matter if someone is in a wheelchair. Everyone is welcome.

“I’ve also started an art group. We are encouraging residents to paint and make sculptures. 

“It makes my day when a resident is happy and stimulated by the activities we are creating.”