Cut your work commute by caring in your community

If you live in a rural area of Wales, then we can still provide you with care work – in fact, we have many carers who now provide care in their communities and have built better relationships with their neighbours because of it.

Brenda Francis, who works as a Community Carer, provides care to 76-year-old service user, Barbara O’Sullivan. They both live in the same square in Caersws.

Brenda said: “Our small community is very tight knit, so being able to provide care services to people like Barbara, who I consider to be a neighbour, is ideal for me, not only because I already know her very well, but there is a very short work commute!

“Being so close allows us to build a great relationship as we see each other more regularly and we have much more in common. It’s also very easy for me to pop in as Barbara lives just across the square from me. I care very much for my service users so even when I am not on duty I am able to keep an eye on Barbara and make sure she is ok.”

She has been caring for Barbara since February, 2015.

Barbara said: “I really value the carers that look after me. They are extremely kind, caring and patient and great with my dog, Joe, too.

“I really enjoy having Brenda come into my house and she is much more than a carer to me, she is more like a friend. It is also an extra comfort to me to know that Brenda lives just across the square as I know she is always keeping an eye on me and will be there for me in an emergency.”

Where this kind of match between the person needing support and the carer can be made it also helps enormously with safety during the winter months as locally based carers can almost always reach someone even in poor conditions such as heavy rain or snow.

You can register with us and become a part of the team, receiving the same care and benefits as our full time carers, and we can let you know when work becomes available in your area.

No experience is necessary to become a carer as we offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial six months probationary period.

New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

Find out more information about our vacancies here.