Chance for former retail and hospitality employees to join care sector

A Calderdale care company is urging former employees from the hospitality and retail sectors to bring their valuable skills to the care sector.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 6:00 pm
Charlotte switched event planning to caring for older people with Home Instead Calderdale

As the pandemic brings unemployment and an uncertain future for the job market, Home Instead, which has a number of care roles to fill, is urging local people to consider a career in care.

While there are job losses in sectors such as travel and leisure, the pandemic has caused a surge in demand for home care as people look to protect their loved ones.

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The company are also looking for live-in caregivers who move into a client’s home to provide practical support, care and companionship round the clock.

Munaf Patel, owner of Home Instead Calderdale, said: “Our specialist home care services see caregivers matched to clients based on shared interests, with much of the care being companionship based. People in retail and hospitality tend to be friendly and chatty, skills which are essential for care.

"We are keen to speak to people who have lost jobs in these sectors, to discuss how their skills can easily transfer to a career in care.”

28-year-old Charlotte joined the company in the summer of 2020, having worked in hospitality and events since she was 16.

Charlotte said: “I worked in events management at a prominent and respected hotel in Manchester City Centre, which was hit hard by the pandemic. I knew I wanted to keep busy whilst I was out of work, so I applied to become a caregiver at Home Instead Calderdale and I am surprised by how much I truly enjoy my new role.

“I had never considered a role in care, but it has presented me opportunities to learn new skills and meet lots of lovely new people. It’s great to know that I’m doing something useful and giving back during difficult times. I enjoy getting to know each client personally, and adapting my care and companionship to suit them.

“I’ve been able to help many clients utilise technology throughout the year, helping them keep connected to their distant families throughout lockdown, something which has been hugely rewarding.

"I would urge anyone considering a change in career to think about caring- when I return to my role in events management, I plan to continue caring with Home Instead part-time alongside it.”