Care Minister hails success of first ‘Family Care-eer Day’ event

Ros and Annette with Helen and Danni (inside)

Care Minister Helen Whately has hailed the first in a series of events aimed at boosting social care recruitment as a success.

Eleven candidates applied for roles and interviews following the Family Care-eer Day at Bupa’s Northlands House Care in Southampton.

Ms Whately, who attended the event, said: “A job in social care can work around you and your life. We all know time is precious, especially when we have family commitments and responsibilities but the Family Care-eer day has shown future care workers of Southampton how working in care can be flexible, varied and rewarding. I’m delighted that it was such a success and how interested everyone has been about a career in social care.”

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The Family Care-eer Days are taking place across the country as part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) ‘When you care, every day makes a difference’ campaign, which is designed to raise the sector’s profile and boost recruitment.

Interested applicants are being invited to bring their children with them to find out potential care roles.

Danni Davies, Regional Director for Bupa across Hampshire and Dorset, said: “We were overjoyed to see so many people attend the career day. At Northlands House we do more than just care for older people – we welcome them into our extended family.

“We’re always looking for new talented and passionate people to join our team, so were delighted to have so many people express an interest.

“As a mum myself, I know it can be difficult to juggle work and family life, but would whole-heartedly recommend a career in social care for people looking to find the right balance. Not only are the roles hugely rewarding, but they can be flexible to fit around requirements outside of work.”

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