Centra Care and Support gave jobseekers the chance to meet with staff and find out about over 200 new roles created to support vulnerable people at risk of rural isolation across Cambridgeshire.
It follows figures which reveal that 19,000 of rural Cambridgeshire’s over-65s have a long term health problem or disability and of these, seven out of 10 currently live alone*.
Allyson Kay, Managing Director of Centra Care and Support said: “We’ve identified a desperate need for more home care for vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire, particularly among those living in the county’s smaller towns and villages. We’re increasing the level of support available as a result, with a huge number of new jobs for local people.
“We hosted events at the Grafton Centre to give local people the chance to bag themselves a career in care in amongst all the New Year bargains. These jobs are a great opportunity for anyone in Cambridgeshire who wants a new job that can make a real difference to someone’s life.”
The number of people aged 65 and over with a limiting long term illness is projected to increase by a quarter across Cambridgeshire by 2020. More than 22,000 people aged 65 and over are predicted to be unable to manage at least one self-care activity by 2020, such as bathing or taking medicine.
Centra has pledged to bring a wide range of support to vulnerable people as a result of the new roles. This includes personal care, support to access the local community and help with every-day tasks such as cooking and cleaning.
Angela Moore, 59, from March, has been working as a home care worker for Centra for nearly a year. She said: “I am often the only person that my ladies see on a daily basis so it is really important for me to be able to offer them that support and human contact. All my problems are left in the car when I arrive so that I can greet them with a great big smile and a sense of humour.
“There is one lady who looks out of her window waiting for me and has the back door open when I turn up. She is over the moon that I am her regular carer as she feels safer and more settled knowing who is visiting each day. This is the perfect job for anyone like me who understands what it takes to really care for someone and how to talk to them. I’d encourage anyone who would like to make a difference to the lives of older people in the community to call us to find out more.”
Contracts are available on both a permanent and fixed term basis with a variety of flexible working patterns and roles available across Cambridgeshire. A new website – www.centracarejobs.co.uk – has been launched by Centra to give more information on the jobs available.
Centra delivers expert home and community care services that help people to stay independent at home for longer and also provides a range of services to support those who need a safe and comfortable place to live, such as sheltered housing.
Visit the Grafton Centre on 16th and 17th January 2013 between 9am and 4.30pm to find out more about the roles available.
Call 01603 703878 or visit www.centracarejobs.co.uk for more.