Community Carer Amanda Brooks started a new career in care after over 40 years of ice skating.
Amanda, 59, taught the sport for over 35 years, winning 400 competitions and going through over 50 pairs of ice skating boots.
She received her first pair of boots for her 11th birthday, taking up 10 weeks worth of ice skating classes before receiving her first grade ice skating certificate. Amanda practised seven days a week, and it wasn’t long before she decided to teach the sport herself.
Amanda said: “I started ice-skating when I was just 10-years-old after watching a television programme. I asked my mother if she could take me and we went the same week. I loved ice-skating from the moment my skates touched the ice. I know I didn’t want to do anything else when I finished my first lesson.”
In 1971, at the age of 25, Amanda qualified as a coach. She went on to teach people from 3-80 years old, and enjoyed a teaching career for over 35 years before finally hanging up her skates.
After Bristol’s ice rink closed in 2012 Amanda decided to take her career in a new direction, applying for a role as a community carer at Brunelcare.
Amanda said: “I wanted to take a break from ice-skating to do something different. I loved teaching and I love caring for people, so I thought a career in care would suit me. I found the community carer role at Brunelcare in 2013, and I’ve not looked back since, I’ve been with the charity for nearly a decade and I absolutely love it!
Caring and ice-skating aren’t as different as people may think. They are not polar opposites, ice-skating has lots of transferable skills, such as encouraging people to do things, coaching them, building confidence, and encouraging people to do the best that they can, while always offering a helping hand if they need it.”
Amanda has been with Brunelcare for nearly 10-years and is a manual handling trainer and medication assessor, with new starters at the charity shadowing her care work almost daily.
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