Bristol social care charity Milestones Trust has launched a regional recruitment campaign aimed at bringing caring, compassionate and creative people into crucial care roles.
As National Apprenticeship Week begins on March 4, Milestones Trust, which supports people with learning difficulties, mental health needs and dementia, is also highlighting health and social care apprenticeship opportunities at the Trust.
The Trust has launched a new website and a series of new videos to attract people to the sector and help them foster a lifelong career, with training and development opportunities throughout.
Milestones Trust is also backing the government’s new Every Day Is Different campaign which launched earlier this month and aims to help fill the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.
Over 1.45 million people currently work in the care sector in the UK and it is predicted that an additional 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 to keep up with the rising numbers of people aged 65 and over.
In a series of video testimonials, staff members from Milestones Trust talk about empowering the people they support.
Jo Wakely, a supported living personal assistant for Milestones Trust in Bristol, describes how she worked with a lady who has a learning disability and anxiety and hadn’t left her flat for over a year.
As part of a small team, Wakely worked to build her confidence and, after many months, encouraged her to go for a walk in the local park – an achievement that Wakely describes in the film as “the best moment in my career.”
John Hoskinson, CEO at Milestones Trust said: “We are enormously proud of the work we do to support people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and dementia – delivering truly person-centred care and empowering people to make their own choices and plan their own support, which has been recognised in a number of Outstanding CQC inspections in recent months.
“But it’s the talent and dedication of our staff that makes this possible. So it’s hugely heartening to hear that they too rejoice in what might seem like a small step, such as a walk in the park or a solo bus journey, but are in fact incredible triumphs to be celebrated.”