At Care Concern, it is a constant challenge to find the right people to join our team of care workers. We are fortunate to have a relatively low staff turnover and a lot of our care workers have been at Care Concern for a number of years. However, inevitably staff do leave. The most common reasons for our staff to depart are change of location, retirement or a change in circumstance.
When this happens, we must find suitable candidates to join the company and embrace the ethos of Care Concern. That is, delivering high quality personalised care services with the utmost dignity and respect for the service user. The nature of care work requires our employees to work some antisocial hours; early mornings, late evenings, and overnight work if they choose. The work is incredibly rewarding, however, it can also be demanding and challenging at times.
We are teaming up with Hounslow Connexions to host a volunteer for a 12-week period with the view to possible employment at the end of it. This is a great opportunity for us to work with a young person seeking a career in social care by providing them with “on the job” experience. The volunteer will most likely join us for two 6-hour days each week. They will be shadowing care workers at all times and we will aim to give them a well-rounded experience of care work both in the field and the office.
Following our attendance at the West Thames College recruitment fair in April, we have been invited back to talk to students studying for the their level 1 in adult social care. We may also provide some students with placements.
This is a new experience for us at Care Concern Homecare. We are excited about the opportunity to support young people along their chosen career path and we are looking forward to meeting the students and passing on our experience and knowledge of the care sector. I’m sure they will keep us on our toes and it should be a great learning experience for both parties.
I’ll keep you posted on how it progresses.