Donate a shoebox gift to the elderly this Christmas

PEOPLE from Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) are this month (December, 2018) being reminded they can still donate shoeboxes of items for elderly and vulnerable people being supported by a care provider in the area.


Abacare, which has offices in RCT, is running the shoebox appeal for its service users who may not be able to get outside to pick up essentials during the festive season.


Sarah Williams, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “We’ve already had a great response to our shoebox appeal and have been inundated with boxes, but if anyone out there has been meaning to put one together, then this is your final reminder as the deadline of Friday, December 14 is fast approaching.


“We’re asking people to fill a shoebox with essentials and other bits and pieces that they think would really help brighten someone’s day. We would suggest hats, scarves, slippers, toiletries, books and something a bit more festive and fun for Christmas.


“All of the boxes donated will be evenly distributed among our elderly service users and we’re sure it will really help brighten their day.”


Any shoeboxes can be dropped off or sent to Abacare’s offices at Ty Cynon, Navigation Park, Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF45 4SN. The deadline for boxes to be sent is Friday, December 14.


Sarah added: “We think this is a really great way to treat our service users and we hope lots of people get involved.


“People who take part in our shoebox appeal are the types of caring, honest, reliable and good-natured people we want working for us. They have a natural affinity to care and we would encourage them to consider taking on a position in the industry with us or even just working a few hours per week to help an elderly person in their home.


“We provide a valuable service to the people of Wales and new staff are needed on a daily basis. We offer free, full training and the opportunity for career advancement. We’re also very flexible with working hours, so if anyone is interested in joining the team, they should give us a call on 01443 742645 for more information.”


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.


It 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 Social Services Inspectorate Wales.


Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development.


Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.


For more information about Abacare, please call 01443 742645 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare

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