North Yorkshire County Council is going on the road with a set of deckchairs from next week to invite the public to talk about why care matters.
The council is calling people from all walks of life to consider a career in care in order to support the county’s growing number of older and vulnerable people to lead healthy and independent lives in the heart of their communities.
The Make Care Matter roadshows begin in Ripon market place on June 1 where council care workers are putting out deckchairs and inviting the public to sit down and talk about care, why it matters and how they can get on board in the care profession.
All sorts of people have become carers in North Yorkshire, from builders to accountants, young graduates to parents or partners wanting flexible but rewarding work to fit their personal situation.
But now North Yorkshire needs more care workers than ever before. The number of older people is growing and it is predicted that people living with dementia will increase by 20 per cent by 2020.
“There has never been a better time to consider a career in care” said Richard Webb, North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services who will be on the deckchairs at the roadshow. “It is far more than just a job. Helping people, often with fascinating life stories, to live independently and with dignity is an important and fulfilling profession and is a crucial service in this county.
“Being a care professional is about building relationships and helping people achieve often simple, daily tasks which they are no longer able to complete by themselves.
“Through passion and commitment our teams help people to see what’s possible and support them to achieve things they thought were impossible.
“Our care and support workers are the best to tell people about how rewarding a career in care can be and so we will be out in force on our roadshows to spread the good news about our fantastic team, about why we are extremely proud of our work and why we want people to join us in this vital service.
“Opportunities in the care sector are as diverse as the people we help,” added Richard Webb, “and in North Yorkshire we have a track record to help our workers gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to progress.
“Working in care can be challenging, but it’s a career that offers job satisfaction; excellent work life balance and continued training and development as well as the chance to make a difference. Our roadshows are being set up so that people who work in the sector can discuss with the public how rewarding a career in care can be.”
The Make Care Matter roadshow will take place in Ripon market place between 9am and 4pm on Thursday June 1. A range of care professionals will be on hand to talk at the Make Care Matter roadshow from those involved in providing domiciliary care, to those working in Extra Care (where people live independently in their own homes in the heart of communities but with care as needed 24/7) to those in the reablement team which offers intensive support to get people leaving hospital back on their feet.
Providers of care will also be at the roadshow including Action on Hearing Loss, Harrogate Neighbours and others from the private and voluntary sector.
For more information about North Yorkshire’s Make Care Matter campaign, please go to www.makecarematter.co.uk.