‘More than a job’ cam­paign launch

Argyllshire Advertiser - - RECRUITMENT -

A new cam­paign has launched in Argyll and Bute to en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider a ca­reer in so­cial care.

The More Than a Job cam­paign comes from learn­ing dis­abil­ity char­ity EN­ABLE Scot­land.

The char­ity says that more than 300 peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties are known to Argyll and Bute Coun­cil and many of them are in need of ded­i­cated staff to care for them.

The char­ity, which has of­fices in He­lens­burgh, Dunoon, Camp­bel­town, Lochgilp­head and Oban, says it wants to en­cour­age more peo­ple from com­mu­ni­ties to con­sider a re­ward­ing ca­reer in so­cial care and join ex­ist­ing teams in the area.

Theresa Shearer, CEO of EN­ABLE Scot­land, said: ‘So­cial care re­ally is more than a job. Our ded­i­cated and hard-work­ing staff across Argyll and Bute would tes­tify to that.

‘They work tire­lessly to pro­vide es­sen­tial sup­port to some of the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our so­ci­ety and make a dif­fer­ence day in and day out. Their work of­fer­ing per­son­alised so­cial care truly trans­forms lives and has fa­cil­i­tated the move from in­sti­tu­tional care to peo­ple liv­ing in their own homes. In turn, peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties have be­come ac­tive mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties and live the lives they want to lead.

‘Through our More Than a Job cam­paign we want to raise aware­ness of the re­wards that come with a ca­reer in so­cial care, not just from train­ing, ca­reer pro­gres­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties and the Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage, but also from mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence ev­ery day to the lives of peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.’

EN­ABLE Scot­land cur­rently pro­vides sup­port to peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties across 22 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Scot­land and em­ploys more than 1,800 peo­ple.

EN­ABLE Scot­land staff of­fer sup­port with tasks in­clud­ing as­sist­ing with shop­ping, per­sonal care, mo­bil­ity, food prepa­ra­tion, house­hold chores, at­tend­ing health ap­point­ments and plan­ning and en­gag­ing in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Across Scot­land there were 23,186 adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties known to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. This equates to 5.2 peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties per 1,000 adults (16-plus) in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

The char­ity re­cently an­nounced plans to ex­tend its reach through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with char­ity Sense Scot­land.

The move is ex­pected to ben­e­fit the in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies they cur­rently sup­port, and for any sav­ings made from the col­lab­o­ra­tion to be rein­vested in im­prov­ing the pay and skills of work­ers and pro­vid­ing more in­di­vid­u­alised care.

This year EN­ABLE Scot­land was short­listed for a Char­ity Em­ployer of the Year award at the s1jobs Re­cruit­ment Awards 2018.

Ms Shearer added: ‘We look for­ward to grow­ing our fan­tas­tic team in Argyll and Bute, of­fer­ing train­ing, sup­port and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties to the bright­est tal­ent in the area.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in so­cial care should visit www.en­able.org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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