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Name: June Shepherd

Job Title: CAREGiver

Octogenarian June Shepherd joined Home Instead Senior Care five years ago after she was told she was too old to work as a carer by another agency.

At the age of 82, June a mother-of-five and grandmother-of-10, has always liked to keep active and busy and has worked in a variety of jobs while she supported her family with her husband Les.

June worked as an auxiliary nurse in her early 20s at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield before her career took an industrial twist when she went to work in a local factory making drill bits.

From there, June’s career path took a sweet turn of events when she went to work at Bassetts’ sweet factory in Sheffield. She worked on the liquorice line before she trained as a fork lift truck driver on the factory floor too.

Having enjoyed an active life over the years, and with medical training under her belt in her younger days, June decided that working in care was something that she’d like to explore in her golden years. Despite being in her 70s at that point, she still felt sprightly and fit and keen to keep working.

“I’d approached an agency and basically I was told I was getting on a bit to work in care. I came away from that experience thinking I was just too old to do the job,” said June who lives in Sheffield.

“Then I saw an advert for jobs with Home Instead and saw that they did care for older people. I thought I’d nothing to lose to try somewhere else but at the bottom of my heart I worried that my age was going to be a barrier even though I thought I’d be really good at being a carer.”

That was five years ago. June’s life skills and experience made her a perfect fit for the companionship service that Home Instead Senior Care provides to older people.

She started working with Home Instead just a week later after her induction training. Now June has three regular clients that she cares for, two ladies and a gentleman.

CAREGiver June, who has 16 great grandchildren, added: “I’m not 82-years-old, I’m 82-years young. I love this job because I love going out to meet people and love to do things that matter to people. I do that while I’m chatting about olden days or whatever they like to talk about.

“You’re never too old to learn they say and I’ve had the best training I’ve ever had in this job. Everything was well explained and made me feel confident and comfortable in my work. And I’ve no plans of stopping any time soon.”