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Local campaign to promote social care as a career in Hounslow

Hounslow Council has launched a new campaign to inspire residents to consider a paid career in social care.

Published: Tuesday, 21st July 2020

Image of Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health

The Care for Hounslow campaign celebrates the vital role of care workers, long-term career opportunities and the variety of work the sector offers. It also dispels some of the myths that people may have about working in the sector.

Hounslow Council owns two care homes in the borough; Sandbanks Resource Centre in Feltham and Clifton Gardens in Chiswick. It also works with a range of providers which are commissioned by the council to provide care and support to vulnerable people who live locally.

This campaign is part of the Council’s commitment to provide good employment opportunities for Hounslow residents and it encourages the providers it works with to pay the London Living Wage. Other benefits of working in care include flexible hours, career progression and a safe and diverse working environment.

Stephen Shipman, who works at Sandbanks Resource Centre, got into care work because he became unemployed. The 38-year-old who lives in Stanwell, is still enjoying his job 18 years later. He really enjoys the benefits of working locally. Stephen said:

“I really appreciate my quick commute into work, which gives me a great work/life balance. As a care worker, it’s the small things you do, that make a big difference. No day is the same and I leave work knowing I have made someone smile.”

Hayat Hussein worked at Cherry Tree House run by London Cyrenians in the Borough of Hounslow, while studying for her PHD in psychology and counselling. The 27-year-old said:

“Care work is a flexible career to follow while you are at college or university and beyond. It gives you the practical experience you can’t get from textbooks.”

Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health at Hounslow Council, said:

“There are some great opportunities for local people looking for work, who have the right attributes for the job.

“You don’t need previous experience to consider a career in care. We provide training and offer secure employment and career progression opportunities. Find out more from our social care workers, who have shared their experiences of working in our borough, by visiting our dedicated website: www.hounslow.gov.uk/Care4Hounslow.”

The coronavirus pandemic has raised the profile of dedicated care workers across the borough who have worked tirelessly to support vulnerable people; often juggling family life, longer shifts and their own caring responsibilities.

Cllr Candice Atterton continues:

“During these unprecedented times, we are grateful to all our care workers who are working tirelessly to keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe and happy. Thank you for everything you do.”

The benefits of working with Hounslow Council providers include:

  • Many providers pay the London Living Wage – currently £10.75/hour minimum
  • Flexible hours
  • Diverse and inclusive environment
  • Work local and walk or cycle to work
  • Career progression opportunities
  • A safe working environment including the provision of full PPE 

For more information visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/Care4Hounslow

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