Thanks after 'fantastic' response to social care rallying cry in South Tyneside

Caring South Tynesiders have been praised for their response to a rallying cry to help tackle coronavirus pressures in the borough.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 12:44 pm
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In return for answering the call to action, the council offered fast track training, DBS adults clearance and support in securing employment with a commissioned provider.

Around 120 applications have been submitted by interesting individuals since the campaign was launched on April 9 and interviews are ongoing.

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The council has also recruited existing care support workers into new roles in internal services or independent homes.

Coun Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Independence and Wellbeing, described the response to the campaign as “fantastic.”

“The people of South Tyneside pull together in times of need and this has absolutely been the case in this situation,” she said.

“A great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes with our partners and care homes to keep our adults with complex needs safe and well.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to all those who continue to go above and beyond for those with the most complex needs in our communities.”

As many people have lost their jobs or are struggling with reduced salaries as a result of coronavirus, council bosses hope that residents will take advantage of the opportunity to earn an income while carrying out valuable roles in their communities and helping some of their area’s most vulnerable people.

Recruiting people to work in social care has historically proven a challenge, and the coronavius crisis has only increased demand for people to work in the care sector, prompting many councils and other authorities to launch recruitment drives.

Applications are still open for adult social care roles and no previous experience is necessary.

To register an interest, send your CV or contact details and a brief outline of relevant skills and experience to [email protected]

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