As many more workers start care work in Basingstoke during the COVID-19 pandemic, we look at the rise in demand.
If there’s one thing that recent global events have shown us all, it’s that people really care about one another. Just witness the hundreds of thousands of people who signed up to help when the government asked for volunteers. Even as lockdown was being enforced around the country, around a quarter of a million people said they were ready, willing and able to perform a wide range of tasks for vulnerable people in their local area.
Thousands of people have lost their jobs as the UK lockdown becomes a part of everyday life. The hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard, with restaurants, cafes and pubs believed to be last on the list, when it comes to reopening. But there’s one area in which new employees are still desperately needed, and that’s the care or support worker industry.
The importance of support workers is acknowledged
Thanks to the restrictions placed on us all by the spread of COVID-19, support workers are needed now in a way that’s never been so apparent. The resounding applause that echoes across the nation every Thursday evening during the “Clap for Carer” initiative, serves to prove just how vital this sector really is.
In fact, it’s a measure of just how important support work is, that caregivers are classed as key workers, together with doctors and nurses. Once taken for granted, the country has woken up to the incredibly important role that support workers play in our society so, yes, the role is clearly more essential than ever.
Looking for Support Work during COVID-19
If you’re looking for opportunities for care work in Basingstoke, you won’t find a shortage of options. If you’d like to help with elderly people, either in their own homes or in a care home, there are plenty of positions available. Jobs can be found through local media, or in local online searches. Alternatively, you could apply directly.
However, it isn’t just the elderly in need help and assistance with everyday tasks. Vulnerable children and adults with learning difficulties, including autism, also have complex care needs. The work can often be challenging, but as anyone in this sector will tell you, the rewards are more than makeup for it.
You don’t need to have any previous experience to make the leap to becoming a support worker. A passion for helping others is the only thing you need. There are plenty of training opportunities too, so you can pick up qualifications along the way. And that will help to boost your own self-esteem too, giving you a renewed sense of purpose.
There’s never been a better time to join the caring profession, so why not start looking for local opportunities today?