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Community care careers

“Only a life lived in service to others is worth living.” –  Albert Einstein

As is customary for the new year, you may be thinking about the year gone by and your goals for 2022. Perhaps these goals may include a change of job, the desire to take up a volunteering role, or finding a route into a career in care.

Are you thinking about a career in care?

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

With the pandemic still with us, careers in care have been much discussed over the past years. From clapping the NHS to hearing tales of valiant workers giving their all, many have become inspired to give back and take on a new career in community care.

Some people are motivated by karma and believe that living a fulfilled life means giving back. It’s no surprise that advocates of karma welcome opportunities to support others and may choose a career in care.

Others are drawn to careers in care as they have tried volunteering and loved it, want to change their lives, or have had one caring role (like being a community nurse) and seek a new challenge in the caring world.

Whatever your reasons for finding out more about this, caring roles are undoubtedly gratifying and many different options may appeal to you. You can work in adult social care, be a specialised care worker for young people or older adults or spend your career in care work helping vulnerable teens or people living with different disabilities or challenges.

Key amongst these careers in care is that of a support worker. Support workers care for people of all ages and provide practical, personal and physical support with household tasks, including health-related responsibilities. Support workers work in care homes and private homes.

Other careers in care centre more on mental health and include offering care and supporting people struggling with depression, anxiety or neurodiversity-related challenges.

Social workers help protect vulnerable children and adults from harm or abuse and support people to live independently. Social work is a very challenging and rewarding role and much needed.

Are you interested in community care careers?

“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa

While there are many roles within community care, some of which may require specific training or qualifications, all care working roles will require you to:

  • Want to help other people, being empathetic and never judgemental
  • Be able to communicate clearly and sensitively – whether you’re talking to the person you care for, their family or other care professionals
  • Have excellent listening skills, and be able to create positive relationships with people quickly – especially when they may be feeling vulnerable
  • Display solid problem-solving skills
  • Have flexible thinking and the ability to adapt to different circumstances
  • Demonstrate excellent time management skills
  • Can work alone and as part of a team
  • Have a very high level of patience and emotional resilience
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills, and a good standard of spoken and written English

Would you like to find out more about community care careers?

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is worth doing is what we do for others.” – Lewis Caroll

If you’re looking for care working opportunities in Windsor, Ascot or Maidenhead, or are interested in exploring careers in community care in our area, we are always happy to have a casual chat and answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about what we do and would recommend a caring career to anyone who feels they have something to give and a passion for people.

You don’t need to have had a community care career to work in our team. We are always seeking to hire honest and caring people, irrespective of their background. However, we’re particularly keen to hear from people who have already enjoyed a successful public-facing role, so have gained excellent customer service skills.

Whatever your goals for 2022, we wish you a happy and healthy year.