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Care home recruits six staff

Care home recruits six staff in six months via employment project

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 Workways.

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 alzheimer’s.”

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.