Wales, we need you!
WELSH home care providers have put out another urgent plea for more carers to come forward to help their frontline staff amid the ever-deepening Coronavirus crisis this month (March 2020).
News that more than 30,000 people have responded to Ireland’s recruitment call for healthcare workers has inspired the domiciliary care industry in Wales to launch its own social media recruitment campaign.
Michelle Michael, Recruitment Lead at Abacare, one of the country’s leading home care providers, explained: “While we’re currently coping well with demand for the services we provide for some of the most vulnerable and isolated in our community, we still urgently need more staff to help cope, as further cases of COVID-19 become apparent in Wales.
“We’re calling out to the nation – Wales, our service users need you. Your country needs you! If you are available for part-time or full-time work, please email me on email@example.com with your mobile number, so we can arrange to call you for an online interview.
“Please also let us know where you live and where you are prepared to travel. We’re also asking people to share our recruitment posts on social media and to use #WalesNeedsYou. We’re asking other organisations to use the hashtag too, as we’re all in this together.”
Abacare says care workers are on the frontline looking after the elderly and vulnerable in society, those unable to help themselves, and it now urgently needs more people to assist.
Michelle added: “Many people may find themselves without work as businesses close or reduce staff numbers. I am appealing to these people. If you are fit and well and want to make a substantial difference to people’s lives at this acute time, we can train you quickly and enable you to help those who are vulnerable, who may not see a person other than their carer from one day to the next. We really need your help to add to the frontline workforce and ensure that the elderly in particular have help.
“Anyone interested can call the Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) branch on 01443 742645. Our office team will be able to have a chat with you and they will be able to set up interviews via Skype or Facetime to talk you through everything.
“We will be able to provide our free, full training on a fast-track basis to make sure everyone we take on is ready. This includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial three months probationary period.
“New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person-centred care to people throughout the UK.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people as well as a flexible and supported working environment.
“Care work might not be something people have considered before, but if they are fit and healthy, then it’s a fantastic way to really help make a difference. This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to have a stable and long-term career in care, and who would like to forge rewarding relationships with the service users they care for.
“Being a carer is a highly skilled, professional vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society and the beauty of a job for life means people can start by training with us and work their way up the career ladder gaining further training and qualifications. In today’s changing world of employment, we pride ourselves on being able to offer long-term job security and career prospects.”
Abacare is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales.
For more information or to enquire about a position at Abacare, please call 01443 742645 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alte