Abbey House is holding two recruitment open days next week.

Anyone interested in a career in care work can visit the home on Wednesday March 14 or Saturday March 17 from 2pm to 5.30pm to meet residents and staff and talk about the opportunities on offer.

Both care assistant and nurse roles are currently available.

Anyone with or without care experience can come along - the care home offers full support and training

Staff at the home support up to 73 people with round-the-clock care adapted to the needs of each resident..

Dominic Higgins has worked as a care assistant at Abbey House since June 2017.

This marked a major career change for the 24-year-old, who previously worked as a bin man.

He said: "It's brilliant, I love working here. Abbey House is my second home. It feels so warm and welcoming and every day when I come in I'm greeted with smiles.

"I have two brothers who have autism and it was only when I left home that I realised how much I missed looking after people. It's so rewarding - every day when I go home I know I've helped someone and that feeling stays with me all day.

"It's challenging too - but in a good way. Before I started I knew very little about dementia and it was a big shock at first. But I've been so well supported - you always know where you're going and how to handle situations. It comes down to looking after everyone as individuals. It's like a friendship - you're only going to build a strong friendship if you get to know and understand people, everything from their daily routine to their passions and preferences.

"Before I came here I was always searching for what I wanted to do but now I know I'll spend my career in care work. And it's helped me outside of work too, as I've become much more confident and conversational since I started this job."