Nottingham City Council is leading the rallying cry to encourage more people to become homecare workers to provide much-needed care to people who need support residents in our communities.
Local homecare providers have available positions in homecare available now, with full pay, flexible hours and training and opportunities for people to progress their career within the sector.
The recruitment drive is essential to the city’s efforts to support people in their own homes. Around 1,200 new homecare workers are needed this year across Nottingham as elderly people are waiting for carers to support them in their own homes.
Fredlyne Evbuomwan, a Nottingham care worker who features in a video as part of the recruitment drive, said: “I would say to somebody that is entering care for the first time, don’t be scared – it is a wonderful thing.
“You are already a carer, even when you don’t know it, because you do care for the people that you love. I would encourage you to take this same mindset to the care setting. It makes them feel alive and this is the joy – you put a smile on their face.”
Cllr Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are experiencing big capacity issues in homecare at the moment which is a real challenge.
“Nottingham needs more homecare workers like Fredlyne. It’s as simple as that. We need people to help people who need support. We really want people to live as independently as possible but we need homecare workers to support them.
“Homecare workers make a real difference to people’s lives. They allow people to live independently – rather than go into temporary care homes or longer-term placements.
“Working in homecare can also make a difference to your own life, it’s the type of job that you know you have made a difference so you get real job satisfaction. Not only that – the work can be local to your home, and be flexible around hours to suit your home, family or social commitments.
Sara Storey, Director for Adult Health Social Care at Nottingham City Council, who herself started out in her career in social care as a care assistant, said: “You don’t need qualifications or past experience for these roles – you just need to be the type of person who is able to provide quality care. If you are compassionate, patient, and respectful and will be dedicated to helping to improve the lives of people you support, you should think about getting into the care workforce.
“We are working with our partners in health and care to improve and make visible the career pathways in the sector but there already are great opportunities to progress and develop. From day one, though, you would be making a real difference to people in our city, and starting off on what could be a lifetime career in the sector, by supporting people to live well in their own homes.”
The rallying call for homecare workers is part of the council’s Pathway to Health and Social (PHSC) programme, which aims to ensure there are enough carers for over the winter months.
Pathways to Health and Social Care is part funded by Nottingham City Council and the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).
For all job roles recruited to:
- You will be fully paid
- You will be trained – no previous experience is necessary, just a desire to care for others
- Your DBS check will be paid for
- We will support you through your application
- You will be designated ‘key worker’ status
- We will support you to get your Covid-19 vaccinations
- You will be provided with full PPE