Find a job you love

Date of news/blog: 24th January 2024

“Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

And when it comes to working at Brockington House, Keith Sullivan couldn’t agree more with the words of American writer Mark Twain who first coined this phrase.

It took Keith a little longer to find the job he truly loves as a Host at Brockington, but to coin another well-known phrase, all good things come to those who wait.

In Keith’s case, he spent his entire career working in the retail sector before being drawn into care.

Latterly, had been a manager at a well-known supermarket chain for 16 years before realising the long hours were not conducive to a good work-life balance.

At the age of 61, he was looking for something completely different and originally started working at Brockington as Head Housekeeper.

That lasted for only two months because our Home Director Shann recognised that Keith’s outgoing personality would be even better suited to another role, so he became a Host.

Keith explains what the role entails: “It’s all about making the lives of our ladies and gentlemen better and being as helpful as we can so it enhances their experience at Brockington.

“This can be anything from taking orders for meals, serving food, assisting with activities and generally just meeting the needs of the residents.”

Keith works very closely (in more ways than one!) with Brockington’s other Host Tyler and the kitchen team consisting of Head Chef Cihan, Chef Ashley, and Kitchen Assistant Benito Birrell.

He says: “We have a great team spirit and are always happy to dress up to help with activities, Super Mario Bros and Oompah Loompas being just two examples.

“We also recently did a Race for Life event which combined a 5km run with muddy obstacle course and did this in pink versions of our uniforms, raising over £500 for cancer research.”

Dad-of-two Keith was the winner of The Spirit of Dormy Award at the 2023 Dormy Awards; the second consecutive year he has won an award.

He adds: “It was lovely to be recognised but everyone who works at Brockington House are just as deserving.

“We are like a big family where everyone looks after each other and I go to work each day with a big smile on my face. That’s why it doesn’t feel like work to me!”

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