A new drive has been launched by the government to get people to consider work in adult social care after staff absence rates have more than doubled due to COVID-19.
The ‘Care for Others. Make a Difference’ advertising campaign highlights short-term and long-term opportunities in residential and domiciliary care.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I want to thank carers for all they do to look after our loved ones. Throughout this pandemic, they have gone above and beyond to protect our parents and grandparents, and to provide them with the support and care they need and we would be truly lost without them.
“This exceptional career choice is tough but rewarding, and I would urge anyone who is thinking of a career in care to come forward and join this heroic workforce.”
Jobseekers, volunteers, and people on furlough can now register their interest for short-term opportunities including personal care – helping people to wash and dress – providing wellbeing support, simply collecting and delivering supplies, or helping out with the cooking and cleaning. Exact roles will be based on experience, local need and local authority and care provider discretion.
The government last month provided £120million to help local authorities support care providers to fill staffing gaps caused by the pandemic.
People can find out more about a longer-term career in social care and search for jobs in their area by visiting www.everydayisdifferent.com and will be directed to the website to register their interest in short-term opportunities.