Care homes, professional home care companies and personal care assistants have received a funding boost in a bid to support staffing in the care sector across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole during the pandemic.
A one-off grant of £875k has been awarded to BCP Council through the government’s Workforce Capacity programme to support the care sector with staffing pressures during the winter months.
The funding is being distributed throughout the sector from care homes, home care, supported living and day opportunity providers to support with pressures on staffing levels and increase capacity where most needed.
The Council is also relaunching its Proud to Care recruitment campaign to support and attract more local people to the care sector offering a whole range of roles and settings.
Residential and nursing care homes and home care providers from across the area are currently recruiting bank, temporary and permanent staff to join their dedicated teams to carry out vital support for vulnerable people during the pandemic and beyond.
There are roles to fit around people’s lifestyle and full training and COVID safety measures are in place to protect staff and the vulnerable people they look after. For more information residents are encouraged to visit: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/proudtocare
Councillor Karen Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: “We welcome this additional funding to support our care sector at this time. Our care providers have worked tirelessly and in very challenging circumstances throughout the pandemic and we know that the demand on staff is set to continue. We are working closely with our colleagues to ensure they can access the funding and use it where most needed within their settings and with support through the Proud to Care recruitment campaign we hope to raise the profile of our amazing care workers and attract more passionate and dedicated people to the sector to help alleviate some of the pressures.”