A group of young people have spent time shadowing staff at a Bupa West London care home as part of a programme with The Prince’s Trust.
Under the Barclays Connect with Work Programme, the seven youngsters completed the three-week traineeship at The Kensington care home in Notting Hill.
Adam Tallis, General Manager for Bupa’s The Kensington, said: “It’s been wonderful to welcome these bright young minds to the home, and help them understand the world of care and our responsibilities in caring for vulnerable adults. As the programme showed, the roles are so varied – there really is something for everyone.
“The team exceeded all our expectations and proved themselves as an exceptionally valuable source of support. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to offer some of them roles as a result, and would wholly recommend that other care homes consider getting involved.”
The programme included a three-day induction, plus training and shadowing colleagues across areas such as activities catering, maintenance, housekeeping and gardening.
As well as helping the group learn a range of practical skills, the programme also played a vital role in increasing their confidence and motivation. The home was so impressed by the young people that it’s already been able to offer roles to four of them in care, maintenance and hospitality.
Twenty three year old Susanna, who has been offered a place in the home’s care team, said: “This experience taught me how to view residents and how living in a care home isn’t what society makes it out to be. I have learnt how we can give dignity, care and compassion to the residents. I really enjoyed my time with Bupa, it taught me about how each role and person is an important part of the care home. The role in activities was my favourite and I am so happy to have been offered a role in activities at the Kensington home.”