Local landlady who swapped pulling pints for a career in care

Grandmother of five, Joy Glover, once ran a popular, local pub for over 25 years. But she swapped serving for the patrons of Barnsley to caring for the vulnerable clients of Caremark Barnsley instead. Joy, who is in her sixties and has worked all her adult life, has even delayed her retirement because she enjoys her job so much!

“I love all my clients dearly and I love the variety. I care for people with all different needs and abilities. Amongst others, I care for an elderly client, who sadly lost her husband a couple of years ago, and we’ve become very close. I can’t imagine retiring and not being there for my regular clients – I need them just as much as they need me!”

Joy is part of a growing trend of mature care workers who, instead of slowing down or retiring completely, choose a more rewarding and fulfilling path. For Joy, her journey into care is one of overcoming adversity after the recession hit and she found herself in need of a new career. Now, after seven years, she says she can’t imagine doing anything else.

“My husband and I worked happily together for 25 years, running our pub and raising our three children. In 2011, like so many others, we fell victim to the recession and we couldn’t afford to keep the pub open anymore. For the first time in years, I found myself without a job – and my only experience was pulling pints!

“That’s when I saw the care worker advert. I’d spent all those years caring for our punters in the pub, I knew a full-time career in caring for those who most needed it would suit me down to the ground! I’m a real people person and have always enjoyed looking out for others. Thankfully, Caremark could see a lot of potential in me. I’ve been working with the company for seven years, this year – and I’ve loved every second of it!”

Andrew Peace and Mark McKenning launched Caremark Barnsley in the Autumn of 2011, and Joy joined the team as one of their very first care workers. Thanks to her loving nature, hard work and expertise, Joy is now an integral part of Caremark Barnsley. So much so that Andrew says he can’t imagine running the place without her!

“Joy definitely lives up to her namesake – she’s a joy to work with and a great example for the younger members of our team. She gets on with the task in hand, is always willing to help and has a smile on her face. Mark and I are delighted, as are the rest of the team, that Joy has decided to delay her retirement. We’re sure her clients feel the same way too! Myself and Mark would love to see more mature carers joining the Caremark Barnsley team - Joy is proof that a career in care is fulfilling at any age.”


Images attached: Joy Glover, wearing her Caremark uniform in the Barnsley office.

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About Caremark

Caremark is the UK's largest privately owned care franchise with a turnover of £65m. We are a leading home care provider with over 100 offices in the UK and Ireland. We support over 6000 customers and employ more than 5400 carers who deliver on average, over 96,000 hours of care, every single week, across the UK. Established in 2005, we are proud to be a wholly UK owned and operated home care franchise which has an established and successful UK based network. 43% of Caremark franchisees are female, which is almost double the national franchising average. It's a figure we are really proud of. Not only that, but a large proportion of our management team are women, including our Managing Director, Finance Director, National Operations Manager and National Training Manager. The UK has an ageing population which is estimated to grow some 58% in the next 20 years. As the demand for more complex and highly professional levels of care increases, we continue to provide a quality service to those in need of help and support. There is also a developing awareness that care at home can benefit not only those individuals in need but the hospitals and other organisations that are also responsible for looking after them.

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