Becca Browne – Community-based Carers Support Officer

22nd November 16

“At Carers Trust Cambridgeshire they are always supportive and keen to develop you. If you want to make a difference to people’s lives and have an employer who listens to you and supports you, then it’s a brilliant place to work.”

Becca Browne, 27, our newly appointed Community-based Carers Support Officer, feels passionately about helping family carers after seeing the impact this had on her own family when her grandfather became ill.

She said: “I cared for my grandad and saw how Mum and Nan struggled with that.  They had absolutely no support so I am really keen that no one else should be in that position.”

Becca was one of two Carer Support Officers (her previous job title) who helped young mum Emma when she became exhausted caring for husband Leigh, along with colleague Ruth Young, both who are shortlisted for the East of England Great British Care Awards.

“I saw Emma at her lowest ebb. I just wanted to do everything I could for her. It’s wonderful to see that a simple thing like a few vouchers for the family to buy play equipment for the garden could mean so much to her and her family. Seeing them come back to being a family again and have lovely moments together makes my job so worthwhile.

“I know there are lots of other people struggling too in similar circumstances, these are people we want to help as well. I would say that anyone can do the job if they like people and can interact with them.

“At Carers Trust Cambridgeshire they are always supportive and keen to develop you. If you want to make a difference to people’s lives and have an employer who listens to you and supports you, then it’s a brilliant place to work.”

Becca joined Carers Trust Cambridgeshire two years ago, having studied occupational therapy at university and after working at a retirement complex in Cambridge, as well as for Alzheimer’s Research Trust. She was based at our hub Addenbrooke’s Hospital and in the community, visiting people in their homes.

“I was looking for a new job that was people focused and felt I had learnt a lot about carers from hearing their stories in my previous roles, and that is what attracted me to working here.”

Becca’s new work will be based at hubs in and around Cambridge where she will continue carrying out Carer’s Assessments, Family Carers Prescriptions and What If? emergency plans, as well as providing advice about rights and benefits.

“You’ve got to keep changing, that’s one of the reasons I like working here. If you keep doing the same thing you will get the same results. It is absolutely brilliant here, the staff get input in changes, and I think that’s great, that it’s the way to move forward.”