Windsor Court have been celebrating Recruitment Month throughout July where they are spreading the word that social care is the place to work for a rewarding and successful career. Using the tag line, ‘you come for a job and end up with a career’, the care team are promoting the benefits of working in a care environment to draw new workers to the sector, as well as those who already work in social care and are keen to progress through the ranks to senior roles.
Each day, care team members have been sharing information on social media about working within a care home environment, access to training and career growth opportunities, along with their personal highlights throughout their career.
The posts have been a huge hit, with many comments each day from resident’s families, friends and people within the local community thanking them for all that they do and even sharing their own stories about how the team member has impacted their lives.
During the month long campaign, Sophie Summerscales shared her inspirational story, explaining how a summer internship in 2012 to access a career in nursing, became the best career move she ever made, after recently being promoted to Care Manager at Windsor Court. She said, ‘In my time with Ideal Carehomes I have learnt so much, grown as a person and met some incredible people. I always loved to help people and I found my passion helped me to reach career heights I never thought possible. Management have always supported me to achieve my goals, giving me access to many educational pathways to continue to progress up the ranks. I hope in the future I will commission a care home of my own!’.
New starter, Shell Norris, explained how a career in care changed her attitude towards life. She said, ‘Each day I would wake up for work feeling unmotivated and sluggish, however, since making the shift to working in social care, I have a spring in my step! My work brings me real joy and I feel proud to be part of a company that inspire so many people to make a difference every day. I am at my happiest when the people around me have huge smiles and knowing I contributed really does mean the world to me!’.
After successfully launching the Ideal Academy training pathways prior to the pandemic, Head of Development and Engagement, Sarah Colling, is keen to attract more people to work in social care. She said, ‘We have run the Recruitment Month to reach out to anyone looking to start a career in care, or those who are looking for the next step in their care career. We have so many ‘success stories’ of people throughout our teams who have moved up from Care Assistant all the way through to Home Manager after successful training via our Ideal Academy, and as a growing company opening more care homes, there are always plenty of opportunities for career growth’.
Alongside the recruitment campaign, Ideal Carehomes are proudly committed to supporting the team’s wellbeing, launching an internal wellness pathway giving them direct access to any support they may need. The pathway consists of a 24 hour counselling support line, face to face stress management training, regular mindfulness techniques and advice on nutrition, exercise and ways to reduce stress and improve overall health and wellbeing.
Home Manager, Paula Mountjoy, said, ‘There are very few jobs that have such highly rewarding outcomes as social care and the stories we have shared this month have really been testament to that. Over the course of the pandemic, the media has really shone a light on how amazing care workers are and it is wonderful to see them get the recognition they deserve.
We are keen to hear from people living in the local community who are seeking fulfilling careers within care. Whilst our environments are second to none, it is our staff team who make our homes the best places to live, and who help our residents to retain their independence whilst supporting them to live an active lifestyle. We are looking for people who really want to make a difference to the lives of others’.
Windsor Court currently has full, part time and flexible opportunities available across a host of roles. All new staff will complete a thorough induction period and will have access to the most innovative and supportive care technology available. For more information about working with Ideal Carehomes, visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/careers or contact Paula on 01937 586 651.