Manorcourt Homecare's Norfolk-based branches - which includes Thetford, Attleborough, Watton, Brooke and Swaffham - have launched a recruitment campaign to encourage members of the public from all walks of life to consider a rewarding career in care.
With figures from Norfolk County Council1 confirming that Norfolk’s over-65 population is due to rise by 28% to 275,000 over the next 14 years – a faster rate of increase than the rest of England – including a 77% rise in the number of over-85s, the demand for care services is set to dramatically increase.
With more and more people looking for care services within their own homes across the county, Manorcourt Homecare is further expanding its team of carers, to enable more people to receive the support that is needed, while assisting them to live as independently as possible.
With a focus on flexibility and career development, the team is offering work that can be fully tailored around home or family commitments, with a range of shift patterns to suit all lifestyles. This is appealing not only to those looking to work around family commitments, but also those approaching or in their retirement years.
33-year-old Care Assistant Clare O’Neill is a mum of two who works her shifts around her children. She has a seven-year-old and a three-year-old, so works between 9am and 3pm when they are at school or nursery. She helps clients in and around Thetford by providing personal care, driving them to appointments or run errands and by carrying out light housework.
Clare says “I was interested in working in the care sector as I wanted to be able to make a difference to people that needed help. It was important to me to be able to choose shifts around my home life so that I could be there for my children before and after school, so the work with Manorcourt is ideal. We’re very well supported and receive training to keep us up to speed on any new information. I’d really recommend the work to others; for our clients, our daily visits really make a huge difference to their day.”
While 68-year-old Sue Graham has been in care for 14 years and currently works full-time hours around a busy social life with her retired friends. Sue, who has three sons and three grandchildren, ran a post office for many years.
Sue said: “I really enjoy my work. It makes me feel that I am still worth something, as I’m carrying out a worthwhile job, helping people in the community. Our clients really appreciate the help we give them and they depend on our visits. No matter what your age, you can really help those who need support by getting involved in care work, and for me, it keeps me active and gives me additional income that I use towards holidays and outings with my friends.”
Thetford Branch Manager Laura Campbell said: “I hope that our recruitment campaign will show people that whatever your personal circumstances, there is a role in care to suit you; regardless of age, ability or whether you’re looking for full time, part time or similar.
“Our clients need support around the clock, so we aren’t tied to 9-5 working. We therefore have such a wide range of shift patterns available. I hope Clare and Sue’s stories bring their work to life for people who are curious about a career in care. Their stories show what an impact they have on the people they care for.
“Clare and Sue have completely different home lives and work very different shift patterns and are both crucial to the team. If anyone is interested in learning more, please get in touch and we can explain the range of work available.”
A range of flexible care roles are available with Manorcourt Homecare. For further information, call 01842 824415.