Alexander, fondly known as Sandy works as a carer within the Borders region of SRS Care. Sandy started as an activities coordinator in a care home in 2010, later leaving to develop his talents in entertainment. However, in 2019, Sandy decided to return to the care sector and joined SRS Care as a support worker. Sandy’s manager quickly identified his talent and felt his mild manner and approachable persona would be a perfect fit with many of their Mental Health clients. Sandy jumped at the chance to develop his skills and knowledge and trained in specialised areas to become a team leader, mental health champion and a companywide MH first aider.

Sandy decided to study to become a mental health champion so that he could learn how to better support those in his care and give back to the community. He was keen to be able to develop strategies to help individuals on their toughest days and help them achieve their daily goals.

Not only does Sandy support service users, he also supports the wellbeing of colleagues as he acts as a mental health champion, supporting them to be physically and mental well within their jobs, helping them to stay in work and deliver high quality care.

Sandy regularly goes above and beyond in his role, for example he often takes time out his own day to teach a particular service user how to play guitar, this has benefitted the individual and supported them to deal with anxiety but also taught them a new skill which has boosted their confidence. He also gives up his own time to take individuals to football games and to local social events. These activities have previously been difficult to achieve due to social anxiety for individuals, however with Sandy’s hard work and understanding it has now become a regular highlight.