Blackpool’s care hero Christopher is changing lives

Published on 05/06/2020 by nmoo

Christopher Meadows spent three decades working in hotels and restaurants. Now he’s serving a whole new audience after training in social care.

Christopher Meadows spent three decades working in hotels and restaurants. Now he’s serving a whole new audience after training in social care.

Christopher is one of a growing number of people who is switching careers to help vulnerable members of our community.

And Blackpool Council is on the lookout for more people like Christopher who are ready for rewarding careers supporting those who need their help most.

The council’s #CareHero campaign was launched to shine a light on the benefits of working in the social care profession.

Christopher made the switch to social care after taking part in a short training course which included a guaranteed interview with organisations seeking new staff.

He’s due to start shortly in a local care home.

“This is a job I really want to do,” said Christopher.

“It’s a big change from working in hospitality, but there are similarities of working with people and making sure their needs are met.”

Christopher already has designs on gaining additional qualifications in social care.

Karen Smith, Blackpool Council’s director of adult social care, said: “Now more than ever, we need to strengthen the social care sector to support the most vulnerable in our local communities.

“As the demand for help and support grows so does the need to recruit and retain more workers to deliver high quality care and support.”

Vacancies available through the #CareHero campaign range from support assistant roles to cooks and kitchen assistants, cleaners, maintenance, administrators and qualified clinical roles such as nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Karen added: “If you have empathy and compassion and you are caring and kind we urgently need people like you to provide vital care services for those most in need.  You don’t need any previous experience or training to be a Care Hero just a passion for people as full training will be provided.”

Social care jobs are available now at https://greaterjobs.engageats.co.uk. If you’re looking for training to get into social care, Blackpool and The Fylde College is offering a six-week training course with a guaranteed interview. Find out more at https://blackpool.ac.uk/talent4care.