WAYNE Humphreys from Caernarfon is encouraging other men to sign up to become carers and break the stereotype that a position in care is more suited to women (July, 2017).
Twenty-eight-year-old Wayne has worked as a Care Worker for the award-winning provider Abacare since March, 2016.
He said: “Many people believe that care work is more suited to women as they’re seen as the more kind and caring gender, but I want to break this stereotype as myself and other men in general are extremely kind and caring too.
“I want to encourage other men to consider taking up a position as a carer as it is an extremely fulfilling job and they can really help make a difference in their community by caring for the elderly and people with dementia and other life-limiting illnesses.
“By having male carers for male service users, we’re also helping to prevent many from being very lonely. Loneliness is a ‘silent epidemic’ among men in Britain, with more than one in three feeling lonely at least once a week according to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.
Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “We are thrilled that Wayne is helping to encourage other men to become carers.
“He is one of just a handful of male carers in an industry dominated by women. He is very vocal about the role that he plays in the organisation and is an ambassador for male carers in his locality. He undertakes exactly the same tasks as his female colleagues and doesn’t find any discrimination in the workplace even though he is in the minority.
“Wayne is a kind and giving individual who has demonstrated, both in and outside work, what a caring person he is. For the past two years, he has organised a Christmas lunch for the elderly at a venue in Caernarfon and contributed some money from his own pocket. He has also organised events at the local football club to raise funds for local people who have been diagnosed with illnesses. It would be a blessing to have more men like Wayne working in the care industry.”