Festival to attract people to care profession

With an estimated 30,000 social care jobs needing to be filled in the South West by 2025, a free event is being held to attract more people into the profession.

An ageing population is already placing huge demands on over-stretched social care services, demands that are set to increase over the coming decades.

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To find ways to meet this demand and attract more people into care roles, Cornwall Council has joined forces with social care providers and health organisations, including Royal Cornwall Hospital, under the banner of Proud to Care Cornwall.

They will host the Proud to Care Festival during half-term in Truro to showcase the opportunities available to work in care and celebrate all the good work that is currently being done.

The family-friendly festival will also feature face painting, a magician, circus acts, dancing, delicious food and lots more. It will take place between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday October 24, at Lemon Quay in Truro.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Across the South West, it is estimated an extra 30,000 new care jobs will be needed by 2025 in response to our ageing population. We are acting now so there are enough carers to meet the increasing demand.

“Alongside this, we also need to find different ways to deliver social care services such as making use of developments in technology, and ensure that people have all the information they need to plan for a healthy old age so they need less support.”

This event is made possible with the help of Pluss through their Big Lottery and ESF funded ‘Positive People’ programme who, together with Cornwall Council, are the main event sponsors.

Chief Executive of Pluss, Steve Hawkins said: “There has never been a better time to join the care sector with a range of rewarding roles with great career prospects available.

Our Positive People programme provides support to people across the region to build up their confidence and access activities in their communities. Some of our participants will have both experienced and provided care at some point in their lives so it is very important that we support more people into the care profession.”

More information on activities will be released as they are confirmed and you can find out more about the day by visiting the Proud to Care Cornwall Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Posted 21 September 2018