Mike's Story Having retired after 30 years of service as a constable with the Devon & Cornwall Police, Mike decided he wasn’t ready to finish working with and supporting people. He returned to work in August 2021, joining the St Petrocs team as a Supported Accommodation Officer. “Having always had a hands-on approach working with people, I was looking for a challenge within my local community, looking after the people where I lived and where I could make a visible difference,” he writes. “I have that passion and drive to help people thrive and this role is a great opportunity to do it.” St Petrocs: What motivates you to come to work each day? Mike: I look forward to going to work because when I open that door, I never know what’s going to meet me on the other side. In my short time with the charity there have been a few surprises – not always nice ones. Each day brings both challenges and rewards that only come from working with individuals. I have had the privilege to see people who were homeless on the streets of local towns moved to safe accommodation and, with the support of dedicated staff and their own willpower and determination, regain lost life skills which have enabled them to move back into their own independent accommodation and make a valued contribution back to their community. What do you think of the culture here at St Petrocs? From top to bottom the staff are really accommodating and it’s nice to know most of them have been where you are and understand the issues and challenges you sometimes face. What would you say to someone who was considering applying to work with us? It was a great decision to apply for this role. I have the flexibility to work when and how I think best, but still have structured support if needed. I come to work with a smile on my face (most days!) and hope to do so until they pension me off!