Jozi’s made a career out of caring
Jozi Stables’ story is one of hard work and dedication. She progressed from doing dishes in a care home kitchen to becoming the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group.
At the age of 27, Jozi is the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group. She heads up 48 full- and part-time staff at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, a Scottish care home which has achieved top Grade 6 ratings from the Care
Jozi is a two-time finalist in the Scottish Care Awards, for her innovative practice techniques and for a training and development programme between Balhousie Care Group and the Prince’s Trust Scotland. Balhousie Care joined forces with the Trust to offer young people the opportunity to train for a career in the care sector.
For Jozi it was important to help raise awareness about working in the care sector, and the prospects awaiting young people who entered it.
“There are many different perceptions about what a care role looks like and there is a lack of awareness about how rewarding and varied it can be,” said Jozi.
“By introducing young people to the industry in partnership with organisations such as the Prince’s Trust, we have been able to open up the care sector to people who perhaps wouldn’t have considered it before.”
At the age of 14 Jozi began working in a care home kitchen part time doing dishes and soon realised that she wanted to make this sector her career. She joined Balhousie Care Group as a shift leader in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. She was asked by the company to work at its head office in Perth in a learning and development position.
“But I missed being in the homes too much,” said Jozi.
After joining Ruthven Towers as an assistant care home manager in 2015, Jozi was promoted to care home manager in October 2016. Among her qualifications are distance learning courses in health and social care, and Scottish Vocational Qualifications, including a Leadership & Management in Cares Services SVQ.
The feeling of family and support is strong within Ruthven Towers and it’s a theme that spills over into the home’s local community work.
“I’m passionate about community engagement,” said Jozi.
“Right now I’m doing a lot of networking and learning, attending community meetings and meeting local councillors and GPs. It’s good to hear other people’s ideas and how things work in different companies and organisations. I’m a bit like a sponge at the moment!”