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Do you have what it takes to make a difference everyday?

01 December 2021

Two pairs of hands held together, with the words make a difference everyday over the image

People in North Northants are being invited to Make a Difference Everyday (MADE) – a new campaign to highlight the good work of adult support workers and attract people to a career in care.

North Northamptonshire Council adult social care leaders believe that many may already have the right skills for such a job - having played an informal role as support workers during the Covid pandemic.

As well as the satisfaction the job brings by making a real difference to people’s lives a career in care also has the benefits of flexible working arrangements, skills development and NHS and carers discount schemes.

During the pandemic, many people will have been surprised to discover they had skills and abilities they never knew they had and found satisfaction in looking after others.

If someone is patient, caring, compassionate and able to make connections with others, then they will have the right combination of skills to do the job.

People don’t need any experience either – that can be provided as they develop in the role. The main thing is for them to have the right temperament to make a difference.
Cllr Helen Harrison, the council’s executive member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing
One of our priorities as a council is to ensure that everyone has access to better quality adult social care and key to this is supporting our workforce and the wider sector.

Support workers make a massive difference to people’s lives so I would encourage anyone out there who may have the necessary combination of skills to give it a try.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

The role of adult care support workers is varied including looking after younger adults with learning disabilities, elderly people in care homes and residential settings as well as in day care centres.

This December, the council will be sharing inspirational stories of support workers and interesting statistics about the care sector while also linking people to the latest job vacancies where a difference can be made to someone's life.

People can find out more on the dedicated MADE webpage or look out for the #NNCMADE hashtag on twitter.

Early in the New Year, recruitment drives will be held in town centres across the North Northants area giving people the chance to find out more about being a support worker and ask questions of those already working in care.