Career moove is going grate for Neil
5:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A FATHER-of-two who swapped cheese-making for care work has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Fifty-year-old Neil Roberts, a support worker at Elliots Hill Care in Haverfordwest, was nominated by his colleagues for the 2013 Wales Care Awards, which acknowledge and reward excellence in the care sector.
Born and brought up in Haverfordwest, Neil worked for 27 years as an engineer for Fenton Factors Ltd in the town but when the business closed he joined his brother at the local cheese factory.
With his mother and two sisters having been nurses it was perhaps natural that he should turn to the care sector, and that switch five years ago is one he has not regretted for one moment.
“I’m only sorry I didn’t do it years ago but when I was young it was not something that young lads did. I’m delighted that nowadays there are more young men coming into the profession,” he said.
Neil is responsible for the domiciliary care of a small number of clients with learning difficulties and behavioural problems, and it is the response to the range of different activities which he arranged for them which gives him so much satisfaction.
He added: “It is so rewarding being able to make a difference to their lives day after day. It gives me a huge fillip. The fantastic support I receive from my wife Beverly is a big help."
Team leader Shirley Morgan Jones, who nominated Neil for the award, praised his mentoring skills and the inspiration he gives other members of staff.
And area manager Dave Massey described Neil as the “‘glue that holds the team together”.
Neil will find out if he has won at a ceremony in Cardiff on October 18.