She also noticed that kitchen staff would often come in via job agencies and “not know the residents or the sort of food they like”, which disheartened her. She was then encouraged by her managers to get a qualification that would enable her to train as a chef so she could join the kitchen team. The care home took care of the fees for her qualification, thus empowering her to pursue her passion while bringing a change in the lives of people at the care home.
Laura went to regular evening classes at the local college for a year and was able to transfer into her current role as the home’s cook once she completed her qualification.
When asked about how would she compare the two roles and if she misses any part of her old job, she laughed, and said: