Care home recruits six staff in six months via employment
A Briton Ferry care home has recruited six
members of staff via an EU-backed employment project in the space
of just six months.
Brynsiriol care home, which looks after 20
residents with dementia or alzheimer’s, has used Workways to employ
the six new recruits.
58 year old Susan Rees, from Neath, was one of
the first Workways participants to join the team at
Brynsiriol. After nearly 10 years away from the workplace,
caring for her late husband, Susan had been struggling for a number
of years to find a job.
“I’ve always suffered from low confidence but
because I’d been in the house looking after my husband for so long,
it had become even more of an issue,” said Susan.
Workways offered Susan a range of assistance
including help with writing a new CV, completing application forms,
searching for job vacancies, accessing food hygiene training and
practising interview techniques before supporting her to land a
catering assistant job at Brynsiriol.
Susan said “I love working here – the people
are great. After all this time it’s brilliant to be back in work.
As well as giving my confidence a boost, it means I can afford to
go shopping again; when I was on benefits I only had enough money
to buy the essentials.”
Pauline Barber, owner of Brynsiriol, has been
impressed by the recruitment support she’s received from
She said “We’ve built up a good relationship
with Workways so they know the type of people we’re looking for. I
need staff who emotionally engage with the residents; you need to
be very people-oriented to help individuals living with dementia or
She added “The recruitment process has been
very straightforward. Workways shortlist applicants and then
provide us with CVs. The training they help their participants
access has been a bonus too.”
For Pauline, the time saved on recruiting
staff has been dedicated to establishing a charity for people
living at home with dementia or alzheimer’s.
“I’m setting up a social support group to help
people with dementia or alzheimer’s stay living at home
longer. Often these individuals are quite isolated as they
don’t want to make a spectacle of themselves or their loved ones in
public. The group provides a break for their carers too – it’s a 24
hour job with very little rest,” she said.
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council said "This is another excellent example of the
support Workways can offer local jobseekers and employers alike.
Hearing the views of Susan and Pauline demonstrates the important
assistance the project offers."
Workways is backed by the European Social Fund
through the Welsh Government. The project is led by Neath Port
Talbot Council in collaboration with Bridgend, Carmarthenshire,
Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils.