Graham Drury, an ex-military Welfare Officer with a strong passion for caring has found a new role with an Ipswich based care company where he will be putting his many years’ experience to excellent use.
Graham (43), who lives in Woodbridge, has joined Home Instead Senior Care on maternity cover, as a Recruitment & Retention Coordinator. He likens his former army role to being a ‘military social worker’ and was enthusiastic about joining Home Instead, who provide care to older people in their own homes, as he felt strongly that their ethos for care was extremely well matched to his.
During his army career, Graham spent six years out in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Joint Helicopter Force Commanders Commendation. He was later awarded the Meritorious Service Certificate.
Commendations are presented to personnel who have been truly outstanding in the performance of their duties. Graham’s commendation was presented after he set up an entertainment tent for personnel, where he ran nightly entertainment including quiz nights, poker nights and film nights. Word spread fast with other troops arriving from nearby Camp Bastion to enjoy some welcome relief from their military duties.
As a Welfare Officer for his regiment, Graham looked after 600 personnel and their families and provided a support network for both soldiers and their families. After fundraising and organising 23 day trips for families of soldiers at war, Graham was awarded the Meritorious Service Certificate, which is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance or achievement in their roles.
Graham comments, “I think I really caught the bug for caring whilst I was working in the military, it was my responsibility as the Welfare Officer to boost team morale and look after the welfare of my comrades. This is what lead me to look into a career in caring and I strongly believe that I possess highly transferable skills for the role of Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. I’m really keen to get stuck into the role and to make sure that I support the CAREGiver team 100%, it’s key that CAREGivers feel that they can talk to me about anything.”
To enquire about joining the Home Instead Senior Care team in Ipswich, please call 01473 272301 or for more information visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/ipswich