Ruby - Waking Night Support Worker
I started working for Centre 404 as an agency worker in my mid 60’s, I took on a permanent waking night role when I was 65 and stayed for 10 years. This was part time for 3-4 nights a week.
I chose waking nights to give me space to do other things during the day. I would come home from a night shift and potter about and then sleep in the afternoon. I took so much joy from working with the ladies over the years, learning ways to communicate and understand their responses. They were often awake during the night and I took a lot of reward and satisfaction from this work.
Overall this was the ideal job for me at that stage in my life. Centre 404 was a great place to work, everyone was friendly and supportive. I would have carried on if I could but I was no spring chicken and I decided to finally retire.
Ruby worked with 2 tenants who had high and complex needs for 10 years, she is also a mother, grandmother and great grandmother!