Sutton carers go back to college

It’s back to college for four ‘caring’ students from Wallington-based care company, Home Instead, who have started NVQs in Health and Social Care at Carshalton College. The four students, Pauline Luke, Alison Legg, Joanne Hepple and Myrna Ward are all delighted to be back at college.

The intrepid four worked out that it’s a combined time of more than 100 years since they were in full-time education but had their minds put at rest by the friendly welcome they received at the College from staff and fellow students alike.

The NVQ they are working towards is a Level 2 qualification and is a requirement for people working in care services.

The course will see Pauline, Alison, Joanne and Myrna working from home with support from tutors at the College. Commenting on the new starters, Sam Mapara, Employer Training Manager said: “We have strong links with local businesses and help provide training and apprenticeships to a wide range of workforces in the area. It is great that we are able to forge links with businesses such as Home Instead and ensure that their team is fully up to date with all the necessary qualifications.”

The Wallington office of Home Instead was set up by local man, Tony Ward in February this year. Their service ranges from personal care to companionship, meal preparation, post-discharge care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.

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Home Instead Wallington team members Pauline Luke, Alison Legg, Joanne Hepple and Myrna Ward next to Assesor Lararine Alviz and Employer Training Manager Sam Mapara

Photo caption: left to right – Joanne Hepple, Myrna Ward, Sam Mapara, Lararine Alviz (Assessor), Alison Legg and Pauline Luke.