Support worker Alisha lives just opposite Cornmill House, and so was over the moon when she was told she had got a job there. Having previously worked in nursery care, it was her first role in adult social care.

It’s the little things that bring Alisha the biggest rewards from the vocation, things like baking or taking a resident to go shopping.

“It’s those things that we can take for granted that mean so much to be able to do. I was making one of the residents a Shepherd’s Pie as one of his favourite meals but he said it wouldn’t be as good as his mum’s recipe. We made it together and mashed the potato for the recipe side-by-side in his adapted kitchen, which has lowered worktops and a lowered sink. He facetimed his mum later on to say it was a very good Shepherd’s Pie. That really made my day and I went home smiling.”

Another day Alisha showed a resident how to put laundry away into a drawer. It was the first time he had done it himself and he enjoyed that new experience as a marker of his own independence.