With hundreds of vacant positions in the adult social care sector, the County Council is continuing to promote its Make Care Matter campaign, launching a new promotional film following a day in the life of care and support worker Liam Fletcher.
As a young man in his twenties, Liam is the perfect ambassador for the Make Care Matter campaign. After studying music at college Liam tried several jobs and didn’t particularly enjoy any of them, but now feels that care is a career he can really develop in.
Liam said: “Working in care was recommended to me by a friend and now I love what I do. The way I see it I could be a builder like some of my mates. But it takes months to build a house and finally complete your project. For me, I get immediate job satisfaction.”
Liam is passionate about inspiring people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider adult social care as a career option to think again and is now the star of the first Make Care Matter film.
Following Liam at Benkhill Lodge residential care home in Bedale, the film focuses on the advantages Liam feels will appeal to other young men like him, such as continued training and development, earning while you learn, fantastic colleagues and flexible working hours.
“There has never been a better time to consider a career in care,” said Richard Webb, North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services. “It is far more than just a job. Helping people to live independently and with dignity is an important and fulfilling profession. All sorts of people have become carers in the county, from builders to accountants to people who are retired; from young graduates to parents and people looking for flexible but rewarding work.”