A great-grandmother once deemed too old to work is known to be the oldest care worker in the UK.
June Shepherd, 81, is part of a new generation of older workers undertaking a career change when they would usually be thinking about full-time retirement.
Shepherd works up to four days a week as a carer in Sheffield, giving personal care and companionship to older people.
She sees her age as an advantage, even looking after some clients younger than her. She believes her age is a “definite advantage” as she has so many things in common with the people for whom she cares.
In the past, she has worked as an auxiliary nurse, at a factory making drill parts and at the Bassett’s sweet factory. She also trained as a forklift truck driver.
In her 70s, she decided she needed a change in career and looked for a job in care.
While family and friends may wonder whether she will slow down soon, Shepherd admitted she does not feel ready just yet.