Council seeks more homecare workers

Date 12/12/2016
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Homecarer, Mair Jones during a visit with Eira Parry in Llandderfel near Y Bala

Council seeks more homecare workers

Gwynedd Council is looking for more people to work as homecare workers to provide home care to older and vulnerable people. Currently, almost 300 staff work as homecare workers for the county’s in-house Domiciliary Care Agency, between them providing more than 5,500 hours of service every week.

 With a significantly higher proportion of people over 65 years old in Gwynedd than in Wales as a whole, and with the number continually on the rise, there is an ever-increasing need for such carers in the county and opportunities for new members of staff to join in the work.

 Huw Ceiriog, from the Council’s Adults, Health and Wellbeing Department said: “What we are looking for are conscientious, reliable and kind individuals, and not necessarily any specific qualifications.

 “Of course, we will be giving special consideration to people who have experience of working in care, or to students who are about to finish their studies in the subject.

 “There are a great many people living amongst us who could make a real difference to the lives of elderly and vulnerable people in the county by offering a helping hand so they may continue to live independently in their own homes.”

 Flexible work conditions will be offered to suitable candidates.

 “Ideally, we are seeking people to work over 25 hours a week, but we can offer contracts for fewer hours and flexibility for people with other commitments.

 “We offer fixed contracts and all kinds of benefits such as holiday pay, travel costs, paid travel time and an attractive pension scheme.

 “If you do not have any qualifications, you will get training and have time working with an experienced carer to know the ropes.”

 With an acute need for carers throughout the county, particularly in rural areas, Councillor Gareth Roberts, the Cabinet Member responsible for Adult Social Services is making a direct appeal for people to step forward.

 Councillor Roberts said: “I would like to encourage local people to seriously consider offering themselves for such work. I’m certain that there are people living in our midst who could serve as excellent carers.

 “This kind of work offers a worthwhile career and immense work satisfaction - as it brings joy and happiness to the lives of many of our fellow residents who are able to continue to live independently in their own homes.”

 Anyone interested in working as a homecare worker can contact the Council for more information and an application form on www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/jobs or by calling 01341 424534.