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2015 i-CARE Finalist – Mark Cassidy

Mark CassidyFinalist

On a holiday abroad I met a fella by the poolside, he couldn’t stand talking for long as he had his young son with him. As I was relaxing by the pool with my own kids playing away I watched as the young boy walked up and down alongside the pool clapping his hands as he went along with no interaction with anybody.

I watched the dad as he watched his son nervously but giving his son a bit of space. After about two hours the dad took his son back to their apartment and returned with a little girl about a year younger than the boy. I sat at the edge of the pool and talked to the dad and he explained this was his daughter and the boy was his son and he had Autism. He explained how himself and his wife take turns minding their son so they both would have time to play with their daughter too.

As I became friendly with the boy I quickly got a sense of how difficult their lives must be,
although he never complained or stopped running around trying to keep their kids safe and entertained, I thought to myself this is not a holiday for himself or his wife. That’s when I thought to myself wouldn’t it be great to give these parents and parents like them a break or a bit of respite? By September of that year I had given up my job in the construction industry and had started studying in the field of Psychology and Child Development along with other modules.

Bluebird Care had been recommended to me whilst doing my studies and on completion
I went to my local Bluebird Care North East office and told them what area of work I was interested in. Within two weeks I had a call from Bluebird Care offering me work, and I am now in my third year working for the company and loving it.

I have met so many great families and children with so many different types of special needs that I am constantly learning through work. The Bluebird Care team are so reliable and on the ball with their training and keeping everyone up to date; I honestly don’t think I could find a better place to work. Thanks to Bluebird care I know I’ve made the right career move and am now doing a job for the love of it and not the money. GIVING IS RECEIVING.