Coral Reynolds – apprentice in elderly day services

“I attended an open day event about care at my local library and thought it sounded like something I would really like to do.

After the event, the apprenticeship coordinator met with me to go through the different types of care services that there are to find out what I might like to do.

“She suggested AgeUK Suffolk day service at Bury St Edmunds and arranged for me to go and meet the staff and clients to see what I thought. I really enjoyed it so the coordinator arranged for my DBS check to be done and then set up a work placement. Once I had completed my work placement, AgeUK Suffolk offered me an apprenticeship in health and social care.

“The clients and staff are so lovely and supportive and it is great to give something back.

“I really like it at AgeUK Suffolk, and I feel that I have found what I want to do and have been given a great opportunity. I had done some volunteering before and been to job interviews but it hadn’t led anywhere. Doing an apprenticeship means I can learn, earn and gain experience, and I really feel I have found where I belong.”