Social Care

A career in caring

I left school in the summer of 1958, I was 17. I’d always wanted to be a PE teacher, but there was no way my parents were ever going to be able to afford to get me through college. So I left school and I had no idea what I was going to do and […]

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A Caring Life

I was born in Gresham. My father died when I was quite young and my mother remarried. I went to Fakenham School and then I came to Norwich and worked as a children's nanny. I was there for about 10 to 15 years. I lived in, and that was actually in Norwich. I worked there […]

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Developments in Social Care

Shall I start with how I got involved with social work, how I got interested in social work to start with? I left school when I was eighteen and at that time the war had finished and there was a lot of thought being given to how we wanted to change society, both politically and […]

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From art to occupational therapy. Part 2.

This lively and revealing contribution traces the working life of a London-born occupational therapist from her art training and holiday jobs (including supplying embroidery materials to Judi Dench!) through to qualified O.T. work with dementia patients, amputees, and in mental health on rotations in the Norfolk area. After an adventurous trip to Argentina, she worked […]

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From art to occupational therapy. Part 1.

This lively and revealing contribution traces the working life of a London-born occupational therapist from her art training and holiday jobs (including supplying embroidery materials to Judi Dench!) through to qualified O.T. work with dementia patients, amputees, and in mental health on rotations in the Norfolk area. After an adventurous trip to Argentina, she worked […]

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Governing Prisons: despair and hope

Andy Barclay reviews his work in the UK prison service and a second career in the International Centre for Prison Studies. I was bought up in post war Coventry, which was a very prosperous city. I come from a background of public service both in terms of my father and my grandfathers and I moved to […]

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Happy days. Shoes, shops, school and caring

From the age of 15, Paulette worked in Norwich making heels for shoes, later for British Home Stores, made crackers at home and worked with children and older people. She still cares for people and helps her fellow residents at Doughty’s Hospital. The heel factory I started work at fifteen at Andrews Wood Heels on Mile […]

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In the Forefront of Children’s Care since World War II

After leaving the WRNS at the end of the Second World War, the contributor began a career in social work at a time when aspirations were high that new social legislation would result in a much better world. Her personal journey leads us from a system making sense of the huge backlog of work arising […]

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Joinery, gardening and caring – my working life 1960-1995

I was brought up in London and started work as an apprentice carpenter and joiner in 1960. I did a pre-apprenticeship course at school and that reduced the years of the apprenticeship in the building trade which was normally five years by a year. So I served four years as apprentice carpenter and joiner. I […]

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Teaching and Working with Adoption

Barbara Prynn interviewed by Joan Rapaport for WISEArchive on 15th October 2008 So, can you give me an outline of your career in social work? Okay. Well, I did a social studies diploma in the course of which I did day a week placement in the first year, and then a block placement in the […]

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