Okehampton to host the first Proud to Care Health and Care Jobs Fair

Posted on: 17 May 2018

Community minded Okehampton has been chosen to be the first town in the county to host a Proud to Care, Health and Care Jobs Fair.

Proud to Care Devon is a campaign to encourage people to consider careers in health and social care. It’s promoted by Devon County Council, which is also encouraging residents to think about volunteering and other ways that they can get more involved with their local community.

The Council wants to organise a series of fairs across the county to promote both – aiming to get people interested in local career opportunities in health and social care, and to encourage people to become a volunteer with the health and social care sector – and it’s piloting the first fair in Okehampton.

It will be at the Charter Hall on Wednesday 6 June, 2pm to 5pm. The Mayor of Okehampton, Cllr Janet Carpenter, will open the event at 2pm.

Attendees will be able to speak to local health and care employers about current vacancies. There will be careers advice, and volunteering opportunities. And there will be information about childcare, fostering and from Job Centre Plus.

It also hopes to interest young people in college courses that can lead to health and social care careers.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care and health services, said:

“The health and care sector needs more trained health and care workers to help support people who are living at home, or in residential care. Their work is hugely valued, by those they help directly and their families, and it can be an tremendously rewarding role.

“Since we started the campaign, and started talking about how much of a difference health and care workers are making to people’s lives, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people applying for vacancies. Our contracts with care providers are helping them pay well and provide good training, so that there’s clear progression opportunities for people who want it.”

The campaign uses real care and support workers as spokespeople and ambassadors to describe to others why they do their caring job. Ambassadors have previously spoken to Year 9 pupils at Okehampton Community College about the health and care sector, and the college is making health and social care an option for pupils.

Councillor Kevin Ball, local Devon County Councillor for Okehampton, said:

“We’ve got a great community in Okehampton, and there are a lot of people who already look out for their friends and neighbours. This fair really is part of a wider initiative to encourage people in Okehampton, and the surrounding area, to get more involved in how health and care is provided in the community. That could be by volunteering locally, or actually considering a job or career in health and care. I’m delighted that Okehampton are the first town to pilot this type of fair, and I’m pleased that we’re hosting it.”

Free refreshments will be provided and there will also be children’s activities to appeal to younger families too.

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