If the whole world’s a stage, then Milestone House in Scarborough is home to a uniquely important ‘performance’ – as actor Michael Westlund forges a new career in the care sector.
Michael has become familiar with the bright lights in recent years, working alongside stars of the screen in films like Star Wars and TV shows including North Yorkshire’s own All Creatures Great and Small, Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders.
But while they provide first rate entertainment, Michael’s current role at Milestone House is infinitely more important.
He helps to care for those with learning difficulties who are on short breaks, and which has also provided places for people discharged from hospital, where a return straight home is not possible.
Michael signed up to work at Milestone House during the Covid-19 pandemic, a challenging period but one which provided opportunities for job satisfaction.
It answered his instinct to do something helpful during the national crisis and he has found it so rewarding he has stayed on at the Seamer home.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of it,” he said. “I do pretty much everything, personal care, taking people out around the village, and organising activities.”