Firefighter and Carer
Hi I’m Catherine, I work as a care coordinator here at AStar Homecare.
I was attracted to working at AStar because knowing Gill and Adam, I knew that they are kind and genuine people who would go above and beyond to put the care into homecare. Having worked here only a relatively short time it’s clear to see why they are rated outstanding with the emphasis on team.
When I’m not in the office I work on call as a firefighter for Cheshire fire and Rescue service. Growing up I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference; I just didn’t know how I would go about doing that.
I’d considered applying for the fire service for a number of years, each time talking myself out of it. Thinking I couldn’t do what they do, and I certainly wouldn’t have the confidence to even approach it.
About a year ago, I saw a recruitment poster at the local shop showing a diverse range of people depicted in their daily life’s and as a firefighter. From there I started to think, why can’t I? What is stopping me other than myself?
So, with encouragement from my friends and family I sheepishly filled out an application form and thought well I’ll see what happens with no expectations.
The recruitment process was not without its challenges but the support and encouragement I received from my colleagues in the service enabled me to keep going, to improve myself and succeed.
Since joining my colleagues tell me I have transformed and grown in confidence and ability, I’m pushing my personal barriers and doing things I never dreamed I could.
I am so proud to wear a rainbow lanyard in both my jobs and have recently become a fire pride ally.
The pictures below show me in vastly different ways and I have the ability to surprise people equally about my different personas. I am proud to work in two roles that both support the community I’ve grown up in.
AStar Homecare Would Love to help you
For many people, care and support at home is a wonderful, welcome alternative to residential care. Our specialist home care service provides one-to-one support tailored to suit you, and in many cases is financially more beneficial.
Our office hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm
Out of office hours:
Please telephone 01948 302131 and you will be directed to the Oncall Manager.