Please Sign & Share my Petitions GAP Year Youth Mobility Fix Live-in Carer Shortage
Please Sign & Share my Petitions GAP Year Youth Mobility Fix Live-in Carer Shortage
“It was a really good and educational experience to be a carer for Jonathan. I was very well received, with good training for the job and introduction to the local area. Besides being a meaningful job, it was also really nice, and I had a lot of good and fun talks with Jonathan. Working and caring for Jonathan, certainly helped me get into Medical School via ‘kvote 2’. In addition to this, it improved my English, and I enjoyed the opportunity to experience London and England.”
“My name is Cecilie and I was a carer for Jonathan from January 2019 to August 2019. At that time, I had finished Danish high school. I had a dream to become a midwife and my grades were not good enough. So I had to get experiences surrounding caring for people with a disability and that is were I found Jonathan. I am just going to say it as it is. The job is not easy and I am not going to lie it’s a lot of work and it’s a time-consuming job but it’s worth it. It has pushed my boundaries way further then I had expected. I grew so much in a short amount of time professionally and personally. I have a lot of wonderful memories to look back on with the girls that I lived with and the trips we went on. This job is not just a job, you get invited into a family. Of course the main purpose of you being there is for you to help Jonathan but you are also taken care of by Jonathan. I remember a day I was feeling poorly, and Jonathan forced me to go to my room to rest and had the other girls make me tee and check on me. Jonathan is now a friend and he has a special place in my heart and on my photo wall. Because I worked as a carer for Jonathan and some other people in Denmark I got in at my dream school here in 2021 and I am now studying midwifery.
Working for Jonathan has led me to believe that I can do everything I put my mind to.”
“Working for Jonathan was a great experience. During the twelve months as his carer, I developed both personally and professionally as I prepared for medical school. I am in no doubt that working as a carer for Jonathan was a significant part of me being accepted for medical school. The experience I got also helped me through medical school and to where I am today as a MD PhD. I am grateful for the time I spent working for Jonathan and his family and I highly recommend working as Jonathan’s carer.”
“I worked as a carer for Jonathan for 10 months, where I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about myself, the UK, the health care industry and so much more. Some of the best things have been to get to know Jonathan who is a caring and interesting man but certainly also to get to know some amazing girls. One of them is still one of my best friends and I am grateful for the experience I had in the UK. Today I am studying International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. The job as a carer has given me jobs in my gap years as a teaching assistant at a boarding school and as a carer at a nursing home for people with dementia and I am sure it’s useful in all job applications since it shows a lot of character.”
“I can only recommend being a carer for Jonathan. I spent six months with him in 2019. From my time with Jonathan, I learned a lot. I learned to be independent and to problem solve, in both stressed and calm situations. I improved my English. Jonathan was always willing to help me learn. I also found friends for life in my colleagues.”
“My time as Jonathan's carer has provided me with so much useful experience and great experiences I'd never have had if it weren’t for his generosity and kindness. He taught me to think independently, time management, to take responsibility and to make decisions on the spot. I am now a successful hairdresser and owner of my own salon in London and I don't believe I could have done this without the skills I learned from working with Jonathan.”
“As a carer at Jonathan’s I learnt about physiotherapy, nursing and occupational therapy but I also learnt about taking responsibility for another person. Being a carer helped me reflect on what I wanted in a career and made me more resilient in general. Something I am sure helped me get to where I am today. Jonathan is very nice, patient and shows gratitude. Today I work as a midwife at the labour ward in Aalborg Denmark. I have a lot of gratitude to Jonathan, his family and my job as a carer, as I know that it was a big part of me getting to where I wanted in life. Being a carer for Jonathan therefore has all my best recommendations.”
“Being one of your carers was my first experience of living away from my parents. I had to learn how to cook and do the laundry, I had to drive a car in the left side of the road, which all helped me build up my self-esteem. I had a very close friend in the other carer, Maria. It was helpful living with another girl in the exact same situation as yourself. Far away from home learning to stand on your own two feet. On my days off, I enjoyed experiencing London, shopping, visiting museums or just going for a walk in beautiful Berkhamsted. My dream was to become a midwife, and this job helped me gain the experience I needed for the application. I am now a midwife in Slagelse hospital.” (Memo: Lise is shown with Lene who also worked for me and who is now a physio.)
“I was a carer for Jonathan Hayes from summer 2002 and until January 2003. I had a lovely stay with Jonathan, his family and my colleague. It was my first real job and helped me learn many new things about caring, nursing - and also moving away from home and getting to know myself better. A nice side effect was improving my English before studying. My stay with Jonathan also reassured me that working with people was the right choice for me - a choice that I will never regret. I am now a midwife since 2008. After working for 9 years in a big suburban hospital outside of Copenhagen I spent the last 3 years working with GP's. I can highly recommend a stay with Jonathan.”
"For 1 year in the period 1996-97 I was employed by Jonathan. It was a year filled with exciting challenges both professionally and personally. I wanted to be an occupational therapist and therefore had to collect points as part of the admission requirements. At Jonathan's, I could try it out to help another human being who needs personal help. I learned to work independently. I became part of the family in everyday life and got tested to live in a house, with the duties that come with it. Personally, I also explored London and all its exciting offerings. I entered the occupational therapist education and have since worked as occupational therapist in brain injury rehabilitation and with young people with special challenges such as autism and ADHD. I can clearly recommend working for Jonathan. A friendly but determined person who does not make unreasonable demands but wants to help develop a professional interest."
“I was a carer for Jonathan from summer 2016 until January 2017, just after high school at 18 years old. The job taught me a lot about independence and responsibility, as well as medical and culture values. The job was hard but rewarding, and Jonathan is a wonderful man.”
(Memo: when Sara cared for me, I only had one carer on duty at a time. Now I have funding for two carers to be on duty at once, but carers need to be willing to work on their own if necessary.)
“He is a good boss and became a good friend and he was good to talk to.”
“(Being one of Jonathan’s carers) … made me strong and helped build my personality.”
“I often think of you and in many ways, you have been a good inspiration for me. You have shaped me to become the one I am today... both as a person and a doctor and now as a leader.”
“I highly recommend working with Jonathan – it’s a lifetime experience”.
“I was Jonathans carer in 1991/92 and it was a great experience for me. I remember Jonathan as a very positive and fun person to be around. I never used the nursing experience in my later jobs but it has given me a lot of useful knowledge anyhow. Being someone´s arms and legs makes a young girl (me) humble and aware of how lives can be lived well in different ways. Now I work as a ceramist and I am self–employed. On top of that I teach ceramics in evening classes and on summer schools. I can warmly recommend working with Jonathan.”
“I worked for 6 months as one of Jonathan’s carers in 2015 and it was an experience that helped me grow as a person and prepare me for my future work and education. It was definitely hard work at times, but I became much more mature and independent, and I thoroughly enjoyed living in Berkhamsted and being so close to London. I have since been accepted into medical school in both Copenhagen and Odense and I am confident that being one of Jonathan’s carers was an important part of my applications. Being a carer was the first step in my career in healthcare and I would not be where I am today without it.”