A new recruitment drive has been launched for social care workers in a bid to help meet the increasing need for care and support enabling people to be as independent, and as well as they can be, in their own homes.
Within Bridgend County Borough, the local authority is looking to recruit social care workers and support workers in a variety of areas, from home care and reablement teams to young people’s services.
To find out what jobs are available or to apply, just visit the Bridgend County Borough Council website.
The recruitment drive links in with a national campaign currently being run by Welsh Government and Social Care Wales, aimed at promoting the benefits of working in care and encouraging people to apply for roles within the sector.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help Nicole Burnett, said: “We really need more people to consider the many benefits of working in social care. It is a job for life, there is full training and support and if you are a people person you will get great satisfaction as you will know you are helping people to live the lives that matter to them.
“Social care provides fantastic career opportunities for people with different experience from their former careers and personal lives to make a huge impact for people.
“To help publicise some of the opportunities for rewarding roles across our social care sector, we are launching a recruitment drive. If you’re keen to work in a supportive environment and to develop your learning and career progression then apply today.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have previous experience of formal care. Many of us have experience from our personal lives or pervious jobs of caring for children, young people or adults. Your experience could be from similar roles or other opportunities like a work placement, your personal life, volunteering, or as part of a training programme.
“Carers are vital to individuals, families and communities and I would like to thank all our care workers for the amazing work they do. Having the right values being positive, caring and motivated are the most important qualities. In all roles, full training will be provided.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind those residents who need some information or advice about supporting themselves that there are many services in your community available to you which can be accessed either through the council or the third sector.”
Adults in the area can contact the council’s Common Access Point for services involving information and advice, the protection of vulnerable adults from harm or neglect and supporting people who care for others. The team can be contacted by email or by phone with contact details on the council website.
Meanwhile, anyone seeking information, advice and assessment, for children and families can contact the council’s Information, Advice and Assistance Service (IAA) Team which has responsibility for giving advice to families and professionals.
The local authority also has a dedicated team of Local Community Coordinators (LCC) who can offer support. Covering all areas of the county borough, the LCC team are an important part of the council’s preventative approach to maintaining independence and wellbeing.
The service aims to support people whose needs would not usually meet the eligibility criteria for care and support. More information on how to contact your area’s LCC can be found on the council website.
Carers can also find support via the Carers Trust South East Wales which receives financial help from the local authority. The charity offers expert advice, information and support through a 24-hour helpline and covers a range of subjects from financial support to explaining your rights as a carer in the workplace. More information on how to access their support can be found on the Carers UK website.