Mariami Muradyan has demonstrated the power of volunteering after landing herself a job with Sheffield care provider Sheffcare.

Mariami first came to Sheffcare, the not for profit organisation that operates a chain of ten care homes across the city, as a volunteer on a student placement from Sheffield College at the Burnt Tree Croft Home in Upperthorpe.

“I am delighted to say Mariami was a truly inspirational student who interacted with the residents, doing activities with all the residents at Burnt Tree and ensuring she made contact with ever single individual,” said Sheffcare Volunteer Coordinator Kathryn Rawling.

“Once her placement was finished she asked to stay on as a volunteer and came regularly, continuing her caring interaction, assisting the activity workers and befriending residents independently.”

And Mariami followed up that level of care and attention by becoming a bank worker at Burnt Tree Croft and then taking on a permanent caring role – at the same time as continuing her studies.

“Our Burnt Tree Croft manager and other members of staff have commented about Mariami, saying she has made a valuable employee and a lovely care worker,” said Kathryn.

“I ask the colleges to only send us placements who are keen compassionate and truly interested in health and social care.

“On this occasion we have been overwhelmed by Mariami’s level of dedication.

“And she really does prove that being prepared to volunteer can be the first step to a successful career.”