On Air Now Through The Night Midnight - 6:00am
Now Playing Owl City Fireflies

33 New Home Carers Recruited

A campaign to recruit 100 home care workers has resulted in 33 islanders being offered jobs in the sector.

More than £620,000 of government money has been put into growing Jersey's home care sector - which included a scheme to try and recruit 100 home care workers.

57 islanders applied for a home carer role.

33 have been offered a job and 55 existing members of staff have been upskilled.

Lynda Cotillard from Personal Touch Management says the campaign 'worked really well'.

"We’ve since recruited a lady who had never thought about becoming a carer until she saw the adverts. She realised that there is a lot more to caring such as the social side of things and connecting with people.

I hope the campaign will encourage more people to think about becoming a carer."

£128,000 was spent on this scheme. It came from the Fiscal Stimulus Fund and paid for training, salaries and advertising the campaign.

Deputy Richard Renouf, Jersey's Health Minister, says it is money well spent:

"Carers play such an important role in helping Islanders to remain living at home for as long and safely as possible.

Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf

It is widely recognised that there is a shortage of carers across the globe so we launched the Help At Home campaign to try to attract more Islanders into joining the sector. The campaign has helped to boost the profile of the home care sector. Although, we did not reach our ambitious aim of 100 new recruits it is positive to see that we have up to 33 new home carers who are dedicated to helping support Islanders in the community. I wish them the best of luck in their future careers.

It is also promising to see that so many existing staff have taken up the opportunity to further develop their caring skills."

More from Jersey News

Island FM VIP

Get more with the Island FM VIP!

Download Our App

Never miss a moment from Island FM

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on Google Play
  • Just ask Amazon Alexa