Lights, camera, action as support workers take centre stage in new campaign

Telford and Wrekin’s support workers are taking centre-stage in the latest campaign to help recruit people to provide care and support for the borough’s vulnerable people and to set the record straight on what it’s like to be a support worker.

The campaign is part of an attempt to recruit 86 enablement workers for Telford & Wrekin Council’s My Options service over the next year.

Enablement Workers are support workers who can work flexibly as and when required. Their primary job is to support people who need help to do more.

Many support workers from across Telford & Wrekin have come out in force and bravely put themselves in front of the camera for the latest campaign which aims to explode some of the myths around what it’s like to work in social care and promote the rewards of supporting people to have more control over their lives.

You can see how they reacted to some of the myths around working in social care in the campaign video.

The support workers will also feature in photos and social media calling on others to join them and start a new career in social care. 

Several of the support workers who took part in the campaign gave their view on what it’s like to work in care.

Kerry Holland said: “I would encourage anyone who’s thinking of about starting a new support worker or job to join us. Come and have a chat at one of our evening presentations. Being a support worker is well worth it and really meaningful.”

Amy Biggs said: “You’re never alone when you become an Enablement Worker. You always get support when you need it and you get training from the My Options team. I’d definitely encourage people to come forward and become an Enablement Worker because it’s a great thing to do and at the end of the day you can see the difference you make for people day in and day out.”

Gemma said: “Talking with and helping people to reach their full potential – it’s the most rewarding job that I have done.”

Edmund Asante said: “We make sure that everyone has the opportunity to do what they want to do. It’s my job to make sure that people’s lives are as normal as anyone else’s.” 

David Slater said: “I’m a man and I have been working on social care for a number of years now. Anyone can do it and I would encourage more men to take up the career. Many people prefer to have a man to help support for them so it’s important to have more men working in care.”

Anna Silvers said: “There is no need to worry about having extensive qualifications. You can come from any background and learn new qualifications whilst on the job to help you improve your CV or start a career in care. It’s your attitude to the job that matters, all you need is to want to make a difference.”

Kate Petford said: “Working casually gives you the unique flexibility to increase or decrease your hours. The flexibility allows me to balance work with my home life and explore other avenues including the Health & Social Care degree I am currently studying”.

Arnold England, Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We’ve invited our support workers to be the stars of our campaign, and they want the rest of the borough to know just how much looking after vulnerable people has added to their lives. I want to thank them for taking part in the campaign.

“Our My Options service are looking to recruit enablement workers. It’s flexible work where you can work as much or as little as you want. Compared to other providers, the pay and terms & conditions on offer are more than competitive.

“This opportunity could be anybody’s first step towards a role in care. So far, 100% of our Enablement Workers have gone on to find permanent roles in the sector. With on the job learning available, many go further.

“If you have ever been interested in a career in care, becoming an Enablement Worker is the ideal way to find out if the job suits you.”

Start a new career in social care by becoming a My Options Enablement Worker. Apply today or find out more by visiting the My Options website.

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