In the meantime, she’s visiting the homes of clients to help them with their personal care, while fitting in her studies which require attendance at college and the completion of three assignments a week.
Amber first got interested in a nursing career by chatting to staff on the ward where her father was recovering from an operation for a brain tumour. “He had to stay in hospital for three months, so there was plenty of time to get to know the nurses and ask them about what they did. I decided that was what I wanted to do with my life.” Until she can start her nursing course Amber loves the visits to her clients, many of whom have dementia, and she finds the work very rewarding. Her aunt also works for Carewatch and introduced her to the organisation, which employed her as a student care worker at the age of 17. ‘At first, it was quite hard to find the courage to go into strangers’ homes, but I soon got more confident and now I really love it. I have made some great friends among the clients. They rely on you to be there for them, to help them keep their independence in their own homes.”
When she’s not working for Carewatch or keeping up with her studies, Amber enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, who is an apprentice motor industry spray painter. Her ultimate aim, she says, is to work on a ward in a hospital, devoting her life to caring for others – a career path she’s already treading with confidence.