25 February 2022
Islanders are being reminded of the difference they could make in someone's life with a rewarding and flexible role as the Government's 'Help At Home' campaign continues.
The campaign, which was launched in October last year, aims to recruit 100 new staff into the sector and fund their salaries while they are training. So far, 32 Islanders have applied for a role. Of these, 17 people have been offered employment and eight people have started in a role. The scheme is also funding the upskilling of 50 existing employees in the sector.
Having enough home carers in the Island ensures that Jersey's vulnerable people who need care can live independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible, while building trusted relationships with the people who care for them.
Throughout March, the recruitment campaign will be the focus of adverts in the media, on radio and on the Government of Jersey's social channels.
The Government has invested more than £128,000 in the scheme. The money, which has come from the Fiscal Stimulus Fund, has been used to pay for training, to fund salaries and to advertise the campaign.
Islanders who want to consider training as home carers are being reminded that choosing to be part of Jersey's 'Help At Home' community can offer someone a second job or extra hours to top up their salary, by undertaking work on weekends or evenings as well as:
- flexible working hours/a role that fits around their lives
- rewarding work that changes lives
- ongoing professional development opportunities
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: "It's fantastic that Islanders have come forward to offer their skills, but more are needed. I'd urge anyone looking for a meaningful career, where you really can make a difference, to consider applying. Developing the Home Care sector remains critical for the future health and wellbeing of vulnerable Islanders in light of projections for Jersey's growing and aging population.
"We must ensure that as an Island we are appropriately prepared to look after our older people who have contributed so much. We need the right people to do that, and I'd urge anyone who is seeking a fulfilling role which allows them flexibility and the chance to meet unique people to apply.
"Choosing to be part of the home care sector in Jersey means that you are helping an Islander to remain at home for as long and safely as possible; you could be the key difference in someone's life, and really add to their quality of life."
Deputy Renouf added: "This investment will see Islanders benefit from an alternative care option over the coming years and decades. This includes Islanders who want the option of receiving sustainable and cost-effective care within their homes; hundreds of current and future staff who will benefit from job-security in a developing sector; and dozens of local home care organisations that will benefit from business growth.
Deputy Renouf thanked representatives from the Home Care sector for their constructive support, ideas, and advice as part of the design of the Help at Home recruitment drive.
Cheryl Kenealy, Chair of the Jersey Care Federation, said: "I would like to encourage as many Islanders as possible to apply for a role in Home Care. We are desperately looking for people to join this ever growing market to provide the care and support to our Island's most vulnerable people.
"We are looking for people who are personable, friendly, and compassionate, with a desire to help people. A job in care brings with it the privilege of making a real difference in people's lives and building relationships with amazing people. You will also benefit from flexible working hours, job security, and ongoing growth and professional development."
The 'Help at Home' scheme will run until 31 March 2022. Find out more and apply for a job at www.gov.je/HelpatHome.