Proud to Care Ambassadors' newsletter - issue 9

Proud to Care Devon

Issue number 9

Welcome to our summer newsletter!


Working Orsa

Come along to our next development event in Exeter for existing and new Ambassadors; we hope it will be an informative and fun morning with several speakers including Sonya, who will be telling us about Orsa’s role as a therapy dog! To book your place please email

We will soon be starting an exciting project with Skills for Care to expand the Ambassador service, to offer people the opportunity to access workplace career activities including work experience, shadowing, guided visits, etc.  If you can offer workplace activities in your organisation and would like more information or you want to get involved, please email

The Department of Health and Social Care will be running a national adult social care recruitment campaign later this year. They want to hear from everyone who works in adult social care to get your feedback, which will help to shape the design and delivery of the campaign. Have your say by completing this short 10 minute survey:

Coming soon.......Proud to Care Ambassador events

Speed dating

Plymouth are hosting their second Proud to Care Ambassador event on Thursday 6 September at Windsor House from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

On Friday 28 September, Coaver Conference Suite at County Hall will be hosting an Ambassador event from 9.15 am to 12.30 pm.  This will be an induction event for new Ambassadors and a networking and development event for existing Ambassadors. Do you know someone in your organisation who would make a great Ambassador? Please bring them along.

We will share stories, ideas and network and there is a strong possibility of cake too! View the agenda here.

Please feel free to attend your local event.

Email for more information or to book a place.

Upcoming Events - Please email Tracy to volunteer

6 Sept        Corn Exchange, Exeter              12.30 pm - 6 pm     Large scale careers fair

3 Oct          Plymouth University                    11 am - 3 pm         Part-time Jobs Fair

5 Oct          Torbay & S Devon Jobs Fair       TBC                      Jobs Fair

8 Oct          Petroc Tiverton Campus             5 pm - 8 pm           Careers fair

10 Oct        Petroc North Devon Campus      5 pm - 8 pm           Careers Fair

15 Oct        Teign School                               6 pm - 8 pm           Education SW Careers Fair

15 Nov       Exeter School                              6 pm - 8 pm          Careers convention

21 Nov       Ivybridge Community College     5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Careers fair

For more information or to volunteer please email Tracy at        

Ambassador story

John Powell

In the newsletter we will now be sharing Ambassador stories, John from Unicare is our first Ambassador to tell us about his journey in health and care. Do you have a story to share? We’d love to hear from you for future editions. Please contract Tracy at

John Powell, Managing Director, Unicare Devon

I was brought up in Berkshire on a rough estate that became victim to drugs and crime.  I lost friends to drug addiction and suicide and that was my turning point.  I moved away and became an estate agent and doorman and after a decade or so I found myself in Devon with 2 beautiful children.  I gave up both jobs and began working at the RD&E as an auxiliary nurse.  Working on the emergency medical unit and A&E made me realise that I do care and making those final moments in someone’s life better is special.

Over the next year I researched what was needed to start my own company.  I would often be found in my free time with Alfie, my youngest son, in one hand and my laptop in the other, writing my policies and procedures that we still use as the backbone at Unicare Devon since 2010.  As a result, I now ensure 100 service users are looked after and, just as important, 40 people work with me and have enough money to support their families.

I left school at 15 with no qualifications or prospects, look at me now, this industry doesn’t just give you a job, it gives you a career, and that is why I am Proud to Care!

Proud to Care Jobs Board

Don't forget that we have a FREE jobs board for all your health and care vacancies.

The site is user friendly and time effective and results are good to date.

If you need any support uploading your adverts please get in touch or 01392 380499 and I will happily assist


 As always, your feedback is important to us. Please follow the relevant links to a short two minute survey if you attended any of these events:


Ambassador resources are available from:

  • Your local Proud to Care Champion. Find your local Champion here.
  • Health Education England have 16 A4 books covering individual health career areas and an A5 overview booklet.  Order on 0345 6060 655 or Allow two weeks for delivery.
  • Skills for Care have a range of care careers and apprenticeship information and booklets. Contact your local Champion.

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