Seniors Helping Seniors, a provider of non-medical care at home, has picked up a prestigious award for its commitment to the real Living Wage.
The provider won the ‘Against All Odds’ accolade at last night’s Living Wage Champion Awards for paying staff above the Living Wage in the face of a generally low-paying sector.
Seniors Helping Seniors is accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a ‘Living Wage Champion’. In August, it increased its hourly rate by 5% to £10, plus holiday pay of 12.07%.
The social care organisation uses a unique model to tackle two of the biggest social problems in an ageing society – elderly care and employment opportunities for people as they age.
Christian Wilse (pictured), owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, said: “The average age of a care worker for Seniors Helping Seniors is 59.7 years. We pay well and we carefully support our carers in the flexible work they love to do.
“60% of our clients live with dementia, but no two clients are the same, so we need all sorts of carers. Paying people well and supporting them to do amazing work is not only the only conscionable thing to do, we believe it is the reason for our company’s success.”
Laura Gardiner, director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the Living Wage movement has never been stronger – we’ve continued to grow, welcoming our 7,000th employer, and tonight we come together to recognise some of the outstanding work these employers have done.
“The Living Wage Champion Awards 2021 are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the importance of a wage that truly covers the cost of living and the value this provides for workers and businesses, and I congratulate Seniors Helping Seniors on their deserved award.”
Click here to read HCI’s interview with Christian Wilse.