A Kendal man who has worked in hospitality and manufacturing says he has now found his 'true vocation'.

Artur Kleczek, 43, started working for Westmorland Homecare as a homecare assistant in August 2022 and has swiftly ascended to team leader.

“It really suits my character,” said Artur. “I really like to look after people and make sure they are happy and can live their lives to the maximum.”

Artur was born and grew up in Poland, becoming a technical college student in Chrzanow before spending five years at a company making double glazed windows.

In 2005, he resettled to Cumbria and made headway into hospitality, becoming a waiter - and eventually a restaurant manager - in the Lake District.

Following a stint with the Office for National Statistics during the Covid-19 pandemic, Artur sought a fresh career direction, leading him towards Westmorland Homecare.

“I had no idea if it would be right for me but as soon as I started it just clicked with me like nothing else in my life,” said Artur. “I have found my true vocation. I can care for and look after people and make sure I am changing their lives for the better and you can actually see it happening.”

Kelsey Walmsley, the registered manager of the South Lakeland branch of Westmorland Homecare, recognised Artur's spirit and skillset.

She said: “We quite often say experience is not essential to work for us. We provide full training but it’s personality that counts and here is our proof.

“Artur completed his care certificate training and quickly settled into the team, paying attention to detail with every client he came across. For our clients it’s not just about getting washed – lipstick, perfume and hand-selected jewellery are just as important to make sure they are ready for their day.

“Our companionship calls are also vitally important, but they are not just about having a chat. It’s about finding out their interests and finding creative ways to engage clients into meaningful activities and enriching their lives.

“Artur soon craved more and began some specialist training, including seizure training, stroke awareness and basic life support. Artur really engaged in all training aspects and took every opportunity to put it into practice.

“He is a very important member of the community and offers outstanding person-centred care to all of his clients. Artur is a shoulder to cry on, a friend to rely on, a smile at the start of a day and the reassurance needed at the end."

Artur reciprocated his appreciation having now found not just his calling, but also a support system in Westmorland Homecare.

Westmorland Homecare provides hundreds of hours of care per week to enable elderly and frail people to live independently in their own homes.

The firm offers key services including home care, such as help with housekeeping and meal preparation, and personal care, such as help with tasks like dressing, bathing and getting in and out of bed.

Currently, there are vacancies for homecare assistants within the South Lakeland branch.

Anyone who is interested should telephone 01539 725107 or email kendal@westmorlandhomecare.co.uk