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Cheshire West and Chester Council launches drive to boost number of adult social care workers

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of people working in adult social care.

The council needs to recruit more people to do this important role, particularly with winter fast approaching and demand expected to rise, against a backdrop of a nationwide shortage of adult social care staff.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting two major recruitment campaigns as part of its recruitment drive, including the North West branch of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’s #stepintosocialcare campaign, along with the Government’s national Made to Care campaign.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, Cllr Val Armstrong said: “Working in adult social care isn’t just your ordinary job. For so many, it can be the most rewarding and enjoyable career they’ve ever had as it’s all about helping others to have fulfilled, happy and independent lives.

“Adult social care is so varied, you can be spending time with older people, younger people, people with dementia, people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, people with autism or people with a range of complex care needs.

“Everyone will be able to find a role they’re passionate about in social care as there’s so much flexibility with both the jobs and organisations offering them.

“We have jobs available in every community and neighbourhood across west Cheshire, with hours that are flexible and comprehensive training available to provide you with the necessary skills for your role.

“Opportunities to work in the care sector range from care home staff and reablement workers who go out to care for people in their own homes to advanced mental health practitioners, social workers and occupational therapists. There are also social work apprentices available with a funded degree course on offer.

“The benefits of entering a social care career in west Cheshire include flexibility in hours, the ability to work locally, and full training being given to make sure you can hit the ground running.

“There are a range of social care vacancies currently available with west Cheshire, and anyone interested can apply via:

Care Jobs North West | Step into Social Care (carejobsnw.co.uk)

Cllr Armstrong added that despite the nationwide shortage of adult social care staff, the council was doing all it could to ensure that residents who needed support were given it.

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