Leading South Lakes and Furness home care provider, Heydays Care and Support Services have released a series of short films to share the personal experiences of those working in home care.
The films were produced to give those outside the care industry an insight into the lives and experiences of home care workers as well as to encourage interest in care work from job seekers.
According to the latest data from Skills for Care, vacancy rates within the care sector have nearly doubled in the UK, from 5.9% in March 2021 to 10% in March 2022.
Dawn Darby, Co-Founder and Registered Manger said, “It’s been a really testing couple of years, firstly with the pandemic and all the challenges that it brought and now we’re facing the toughest recruitment challenges and staff shortages that we’ve ever seen in ten years of business.”
“In the past six months, we’ve significantly increased our hourly rates of pay for our Care and Support Worker positions and we’ve also had to get really creative with our recruitment strategy. It’s been great to be able to reward our existing team of fantastic carers who have worked tirelessly throughout.”
Heydays hope that releasing the short films on social media will continue to highlight the vital role that carers play within our communities, as well as challenge some of the perceptions that exist around working in care.
Kelly Shaw, Co-Founder and Manager added, “Our short films are intended to give people a little flavour of what it’s really like to be a carer and to look after people in their own home. There are so many misconceptions about being a carer and hopefully we can try to challenge some of these”.
“In the films, our Carers talk about why they chose to go into the Care profession, what the career opportunities can be like, what they enjoy most about their work and even what their biggest achievements have been.
“You can see just what the job means to them and hopefully the films will inspire others to find out more about what’s involved in care work.”
The film series documents four Care and Support Workers from Heydays Grange-over-Sands team, who share their personal thoughts and feelings about working in care. The films will be released on Heydays facebook page from Monday 20th June 2022 or they can viewed on Heydays You Tube page