Would you like a caring career?
We are looking to recruit home carers
With her warm smile and helpful demeanour, Yvonne Irvine, 29, is a walking advert for a career as a carer. Employed by the provider, McSence, Yvonne, is one of hundreds of carers looking after people in Midlothian. Yvonne, whose clients include former school teacher John Nelson, says: “It’s so rewarding, knowing that if it wasn’t for you, people like John wouldn’t be able to live in their own home.”
Come to a taster session
Working with care providers including McSence, Midlothian Council’s adult health and social care service is looking to recruit many more carers just like Yvonne.
Anyone who thinks they might like to pursue a career in caring is invited to book onto a taster session at Dalkeith Arts Centre, 2 White Hart Street, Dalkeith, on Thursday 29 June from 09:30 to 11:15.
It will be fun and informative
The director of adult health and social care in Midlothian, Eibhlin McHugh says: “It’s a fun and informative session to give people a flavour of what’s involved in a career caring for people in their own homes.”
You don't need formal qualifications
No formal qualifications are required for the role although you must be willing to work towards them once employed.
All care providers in Midlothian are committed to paying staff more than the living wage - £8.45 from 1 April – with a minimum 12 hours per week contract.
Carers could be working day shifts, evening shifts, night shifts or split shifts depending on the employer and the agreed contract.
Carers life Yvonne are a lifeline
For Mr Nelson, the three visits daily from McSence carers, including Yvonne, are a lifeline. He gets help with personal care, mornings and evenings and carers make sure he takes his medication and has regular meals. Just as important are the daily chats he enjoys and the reassurance of knowing that, because Yvonne and her colleagues know him well, they are often the first to spot if he’s under the weather. The carers take swift action, he says, reporting his health to management and making sure he is seen by a doctor, if required.
“They are the kindest people on earth,” he says.
Book onto the taster session
For more information on the free taster session or to book a place call McSence on;
- 0131 454 1500 or 07794122004.
- Alternatively, email [email protected]