Choose Care – Could you help by working in Adult Social Care?
A campaign has been launched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to increase the number of people considering a job in adult social care.
Choose Care was initially set up by the council at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak to help people who needed support. The campaign was successful in recruiting people to work in the sector, people from all walks of life, many who had never considered a career in care.
The ongoing initiative is focusing on recruiting more people into the sector – into both short-term and ongoing roles. Staff are needed for paid work in council-owned and private care organisations, which include both residential and personal addresses.
Who are we looking for?
You don’t need any professional qualifications or experience to become a carer necessarily. What’s important is that you’re kind, respectful and hardworking – that you have an understanding of people’s feelings and are ready to help when you’re needed. There are lots of opportunities to make a real difference to people’s lives.
A career in care provides the chance to develop your skills and gain formal education while you work. There are opportunities to progress your placement into an ongoing permanent role, or if you’re looking to go into nursing or medicine, this could be the perfect stepping stone for you to boost your experience.
And for any future career this will provide excellent experience of working with customers, communication and many other core skills.
How does Choose Care work?
Finding out about care jobs that are available in the East Riding is easy and can be done via the Choose Care website. Simply browse the opportunities available from private and council-run organisations and apply directly to that organisation.
Roles may be on offer such as care assistant, support worker or lifeline responder as well as support worker roles such as cleaners, cooks and caretakers. With more than 140 residential care homes and thousands of staff already employed, you will find lots of opportunities available to you.
Anybody could need care and support, whether it be the individual themselves, their family members or friends and it could be needed at any stage of life, while living at home and in the community.
Support could be for people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment, physical disabilities and support for older people.
Whether there is a hope to start a career in adult social care or make a difference in the current climate, the council is looking for people with the right values, rather than lots of qualifications.
Skills can be developed with on-the-job training or formal education, and, for those who want to progress to new roles in the future, there are always opportunities to take on more responsibilities.
Liz Smithson, strategic business development and commissioning manager, started her career as a care assistant. She said: “You know that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone? You can get that feeling every day…and be paid for it with a role in care in the East Riding.
“If you want a rewarding career that fits around your lifestyle there are plenty of roles available supporting people in a care setting or in their own homes.”