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Olivia’s 14-year journey at Voyage Care

Olivia England began working with Voyage Care in 2008. She was Arnold Road’s Deputy Manager until 2016 and then Registered Manager until 2019, when she moved to Ruddington View as Service Manager.

We spoke to Olivia about her 14-year career journey at Voyage Care and what was so unique about her story  that led to continuing her career with Voyage Care.

How did you get into working in health and social care?

‘Before I came to Voyage, I had a few managerial roles within different gyms and it was really focused around income, sales and finance goals. So when I made the switch to a career in health and social care, it was a lot more rewarding as you’re helping people with their own lives and you get to see how our work benefits and empowers the people we support.

Every day at Voyage is different, you have so many stories that follow you throughout your career journey in health and social care.’

How has Voyage Care supported you throughout the 14 years you’ve been here for?

‘As a Deputy Manager at Arnold Road, I was able to complete my Level 3 and Level 5 NVQ qualifications while working and spending time with my family. Voyage’s training and support are excellent and it has enabled me to be promoted to Manager. I have also applied to do further learning for level 6 and 7 to further my skills as a Service Manager.’

Why do you enjoy working at Ruddington View?

‘At Ruddington View, we support people with mental health and autism so I love the diversity and challenges that I’ve learnt from within my time here so far which has enabled me to gain skills to further my career and job as Manager.’

Why work for Voyage Care?

‘The way that they look after the staff, as well as the people we support, is just extraordinary. Throughout COVID-19, they made us feel safe and supported, we were constantly kept up-to-date with any changes and felt very supported. It’s a large company but you feel supported in the fact that all the policies and procedures are all drawn up for you including on our intranet Hive. So, to sum up Voyage Care in one word, it would be extraordinary.’

What advice would you give to someone considering a job in social care?

‘Go for it! Everyday is different. I believe that if you’re a support worker I think you have one of the best jobs. You get to go out and take part in activities and spend time with the people we support and you’re getting paid to go out and have fun whilst enabling the people we support to live the lives they choose.’

If you’re looking for a role where you can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people, then apply for a job with us today and start your journey to building your career in care!