Ask Lorianne Garrow why she does what she does – providing support to adults in care – and she says simply: “Because they deserve it.”
From taking them shopping to accompanying them to a football match to catching a bus to styling their hair, Lorianne says it’s all about allowing them to do the things we take for granted. “Something simple like straightening one of the girls’ hair can mean the world to them. And of course you build up bonds with them. They don’t get anybody else to express their feelings to or get a hug from.”
Lorianne, 28, joined ASC in 2012 after working in retail. She now plans to stay in the social care sector, completing SVQs in social services and healthcare with the aim of going into mental health nursing.
She says she knew she was in the right job when she took a break from the ASC facility to care for an individual privately in his home. “I really missed the residents and service users. You get to know them, you see them more than you do your own family.” But most of all, she says, “it’s just really fun.”