Abacare to put the kettle on for charity

WELSH folk interested in care can pop into a care provider’s offices for tea and a chat about working in the industry while also helping to raise money for charity as part of Dementia UK’s Make Time for a Cuppa event next month (March, 2017).

Abacare’s office in Newtown is supporting the event and raising funds on Thursday, March 2 from 2.30pm until 3.30pm and its office in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) will be taking part on Tuesday, March 7 from 10am until 2pm.

Peter Angelides, CEO of the award-winning Abacare, said: “Last year some of our offices got involved with Dementia UK’s Make Time for a Cuppa event and it was such a success that we have decided to get involved once again.

“Our offices in Newtown and RCT will be providing tea and cakes in exchange for a small donation to the charity. Anyone who comes along can get chatting to our very friendly and helpful staff about working in the care industry and how a career in care could work for them.

“People can drop into our Newtown office at St David’s House, New Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1RB and our RCT office at Ty Cynon, Navigation Park, Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF45 4SN.”

Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.

Its Admiral Nurses work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

The Time for a Cuppa 2017 event will raise vital money to help fund more Admiral Nurses to support families in local communities and to run the charity’s helpline, which is open seven days a week and is for anyone with questions or concerns about dementia.

Peter added: “We are always looking for kind and caring individuals to join the team so this could be the perfect opportunity for people to help raise some money for charity and find a new career. We hope lots of people pop in.

“No experience is necessary, just a willingness to care and to learn. Our company induction includes first aid, dementia awareness, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users. We will also pay carers while they are training with us and also pay for their DBS checks.

“There are lots of opportunities for internal advancement for all our team members who show commitment, reliability and true passion. We provide a great support network for all of our carers too.

“Anyone who joins us can reach QCF level 2, 3 and 5 with our support and we’re urging anyone thinking of changing their job, or getting back into the work force again, to get in touch as soon as possible and not to miss out on this fantastic career opportunity.”

Abacare provides all staff with full training and shadowing before they start, and they have additional, on the job support from the team 24/7.

They are given free uniforms, access to a staff scooter scheme for those needing transport and a national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.

The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.

Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.

It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.

Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.

It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

People are welcome to pop into the Abacare offices in Newtown  on Thursday, March 2 from 2.30pm until 3.30pm and the RCT offices on Tuesday, March 7 from 10am until 2pm.

For more information about Abacare, please call Newtown on 01686 625644 or RCT on 01443 742645 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.