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.
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.”