What have you done today to make you feel proud?
If you are considering a career in social care or health, ‘Proud to Care Gloucestershire’ could find its way into your favourites.
Working with partners in the NHS and adult social care, Gloucestershire County Council has launched the site as part of a new Recruitment & Retention campaign called ‘Proud to Care Gloucestershire’.
The website acts as a one stop shop for employers and care professionals to promote careers, work experience and volunteering opportunities in the adult social care sector.
Using the website, visitors will also be able to find out information on job vacancies, career progression opportunities and training available.
The county council and partners are working with care providers to increase the skills of current staff as well as help to recruit and retain staff in future.
To help promote careers in adult social care, Proud to Care Gloucestershire Ambassadors will be at careers events around the county, giving their first hand take on careers in care. They will be there to answer questions about the opportunities available and talk about their own experiences working in such rewarding roles.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council said; “This website will help to support our providers, as well as offer career development opportunities for people already working in care – and those that are considering a career in the industry.”
“There are so many opportunities out there and I hope people are inspired by what they find on the Proud to Care Gloucestershire website.”
“I would urge anyone who gets pleasure from really helping people to look at starting a career in health and social care. I had a really rewarding career working in health and met some truly wonderful people who are now lifelong friends.”
The county council has been working with adult social care sector in Gloucestershire to bring together local people’s stories; information about training; and careers in care in one place.
Local people have shared what their career in care means for them and why they find their roles so rewarding...Here's Ilona's story:
Ilona was at university doing a law degree and working as a care worker in her holidays from study. She got so much satisfaction from care work that she decided to pursue a career in care instead of law. She enjoyed seeing people, making their lives better and helping them stay living in their own homes.
For Ilona, the most rewarding part of her job is making a difference, seeing the positive changes in people that happen because of her work. Ilona has been working for Crossroads Central and East Gloucestershire for five years; two years as a Support Worker and three years as a Senior Support Worker.
As part of Ilona’s role she has an ongoing training and development plan which means that she is always refreshing her knowledge and learning new skills. Recently she has completed risk assessment training and a level 3 qualification in medication which means she can now act as an on-call manager. Ilona’s employer gives her support and encouragement to continue to learn and grow in her role; making her feel valued and giving job satisfaction. The next training course Ilona is booked on will enable her to become a Parkinson’s UK trainer and share this knowledge with other members of staff.
No two working days are the same; she could be out supporting people in their homes, doing risk assessments, medication reviews or staff supervisions – it’s quite a busy job and keeps her active.
“If you were considering a job in care I would suggest that you go for it as it is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. It’s not always easy but the positives far outweigh the negatives when you are making such a positive difference to someone’s life.“