On 25th February 2020, Shine Partnerships Limited played host to the Care-eer initiative, run by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC). Part of a wider campaign, the aim is to encourage people to take up careers in adult social care.
Held at Shine’s Addison House location in Enfield, the family ‘Care-eer Day’ attracted dozens of visitors and distributed more than 50 job application forms. Keynote speaker was Helen Whately MP, the Minister of State for Social Care, who spoke about careers in care that are flexible, varied and rewarding. More than 20 applications for jobs at Shine Partnerships were received on the day with 10 interviews taking place.
The event provided careers information to potential new carers, alongside family-friendly activities. The DHSC initiative is particularly targeted at encouraging recruits with family commitments and shows them how social care careers can be followed alongside the demands of family life.
Manoj Mahtani, managing director for Shine Partnerships, said; “We are always looking for new talented and passionate people with the right values to join our team and many of the attendees seemed like they would be a great fit.”
A growing need
Social care is a skill and resource-intensive industry. Shine, which currently has more than 50 staff, is constantly looking for compassionate, patient and understanding people to join its expanding team. The key messages that the event aimed to pass on were, therefore;
- The social care sector is crying out for talented care workers with the right values.
- There are the right people out there but there is still a huge demand and we must reach out to more people to show them that careers in adult social care can be varied, rewarding and flexible.
- The DHSC would like the social care sector to rally together and lend us their support again to bring to life the true rewards of caring and showcase the qualities needed to do the vast range of diverse jobs in care.
- This phase of the campaign will continue to encourage and inspire people to consider and apply for jobs in adult social care by bringing to life the mutual reward for both those working in care and those they support, as well as showcasing the diversity of roles in the sector.
The Care-eers event followed a ‘drop-in’ format from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with guest speakers presenting during the morning. It was organised jointly with the Department of Health & Social Care (DH&SC).
“Shine is a successful and expanding business. We are growing our provision, and that means we need more staff,” says Manoj Mahtani, managing director at Shine Partnerships Limited. “We were approached by the Department for Health & Social Care to put on this event to encourage more people to work in the sector.”
He continued; “One thing that differentiates this from other campaigns is the emphasis on attitude and compassion. Skills can be learned, but carers actually have to care about people. I really do think Care-eer is an excellent and practical initiative, driven by central government, that will help make careers in the care industry more attractive.”
About Shine Partnerships
Shine first opened its doors in June 2009. Since then, Shine has developed a range of supported living services as well as an ever-expanding floating support service. The company has become a key partner for all our stakeholders and has established a strong referral stream, based largely on word of mouth – achievements of which the whole team can be justly proud.
Shine’s approach focuses on delivering excellent value through close partnership working, continuous improvement, and the effective and efficient use of resources. The company retains a high-quality staff team, who provide quality assured outcome-focused service at a highly competitive price.
Shine also provides additional reassurance to our stakeholders by offering flexible levels of support for move on or during a crisis.