A campaign enabling residents to stay safe and well in North Lincolnshire and boosting care sector recruitment has been shortlisted for a national award.
Proud to Care raises the profile of the vital role care workers play in our communities, whilst enabling jobseekers to access advice and find all local care jobs in one user-friendly website.
Care workers in North Lincolnshire can access a raft of exclusive benefits, including funded childcare, electric transport from just £10 a month, discounted gym membership and more.
An agency hub has been launched to increase opportunities for flexible working, alongside a fully-funded Introduction to Care course – where people can access in person and e-learning training and shadow care professionals to find out if care work is the right fit for them.
In shortlisting the project, judges recognised the forward-thinking solutions local care sector providers and North Lincolnshire Council have introduced to increase the recruitment of care workers.
Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for adults and health, said:
“To be shortlisted for this Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Workforce award is brilliant recognition for North Lincolnshire’s care providers, who go the extra mile to help residents stay safe, well and connected.
“In developing our Proud to Care model, we spoke to lots of residents eager to pursue a career in care but who were prevented from doing this for various reasons.
“We listened and implemented solutions to remove these barriers to employment. Parents told us childcare costs made working in care less viable, so we introduced a funded childcare scheme.
“Others were keen return to the workforce but needed flexible hours to fit around their family – so we developed an agency bank which benefits workers and employers alike.
“Collectively, these initiatives continue to be a huge support to our care workers and help even more people discover the benefits this rewarding career has to offer.”
Speaking about the positive impact the free childcare scheme has had on their family life, one local care worker, added:
“On a personal level it has meant that firstly I have saved a large chunk of money which has made my children have greater opportunities in life. I have been able to cover shifts where required without being in a deficit for this”
If you are interested in helping those in need live their best life, find the latest opportunities on the Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website.
For advice on starting or returning to care work, please contact the Proud to Care recruitment team, who will talk you through joining the free Introduction to Care course and answer any questions you may have. Call 01724 844848 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisted entries will now present their projects to an expert panel of judges and a live audience at the LGC Workforce Awards 2023, where a winner will be announced.