Bluebird Care Guildford & Waverley create 25 jobs after demand for homecare soars

Old Woking-based care provider Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley is creating 25 care assistant jobs as a result of an increase in older people wanting to live independently at home, rather than moving to residential care.

22/05/2019

Old Woking-based care provider Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley is creating 25 care assistant jobs as a result of an increase in older people wanting to live independently at home, rather than moving to residential care.

Old Woking-based care provider Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley is creating 25 care assistant jobs as a result of an increase in older people wanting to live independently at home, rather than moving to residential care.

The organisation, based in Hipley Street, which provides care to people in their own homes across the Guildford, Woking and Waverley areas, says demand for its support services has increased to such an extent that it currently has people on its waiting list.

In a bid to reach more potential workers, the company will be exhibiting at the Surrey JobShow on November 9, at the HG Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking, from 10am until 6pm.

Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley director Brian Colvin says they are particularly looking for care assistants and rather than people thinking their careers may be over at 50, this can be the best time to start a new career in the care sector.

Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley director Brian Colvin said:

We have noticed a sharp increase in people wanting to stay in their own homes for longer and we are creating 25 jobs to meet this growing demand. Many people think their careers are over when they reach middle age, but we find that some of our best care assistants are 50 and over. They can start a new career with us with full training, a mentor and career pathway.

It suits people who want to give something back to their local community by really making a difference to someone’s life. It’s a very satisfying job.”

Helen Hill, 59, a former Farnham mayoress and publican, became a live-in care assistant for Bluebird Care Guilford & Waverley three years ago and loves the work. She said:

It was time to consider leaving the pub, but with my retirement date at least a decade away, I needed to find a job that I could continue to do up to retirement age. I thought my customer service experience from the pub might be transferable to care work - in both cases it is not just about meeting a customer's expectations but exceeding those expectations. A tiny bit of extra effort can add a bit of sparkle to someone's day. The feeling of satisfaction from having made a difference to someone's day is like no other. I feel truly privileged to work at such an intimate level with my customers.

Whether they have dementia, or physical limitations, I try to see the person behind that and support them to get the most out of every day. Their life stories, photographs and memories remind me that not so long ago they were active, independent and hardworking individuals who deserve to live out their final years, months, days and hours with the same dignity and respect any of us expects.”

And Michelle Willoughby, 58, from Guildford, took a long break from work to spend time with her teenage family and recover from a medical issue. She said:

Returning to work was daunting but I saw that Bluebird Care were looking for care assistants. The work was varied. I care, love people and enjoy communicating! Perfect. Since passing my induction three and a half years ago I have achieved an NVQ in social care. All training needed is given and updated regularly.

The best part of my role, which is varied to say the least, is the trust and appreciation from the clients, their family and friends. To help improve the quality of life of our clients and see the results is so rewarding. Bluebird Care is a great team and the support is immeasurable. This year my first grandson was born and I can have the time I want to spend with him and work too. “