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Need a job? Become a care worker County Council urges

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Sussex County Council is urging people looking for work to consider becoming a care worker as demand and increased pressure in the sector surges due to winter and the pandemic.

The council say more care workers are needed across the care sector to keep elderly and vulnerable people safe and well.

West Sussex County Council’s Adult Social Care’s Winter Plan sets out how West Sussex residents will be supported throughout the winter months. A key element of the plan is to make sure there are enough care workers to support those living in residential care homes and care for people in their own homes.

In West Sussex there are currently an estimated 25,000 people working in adult social care* but many more are needed.

The county council’s Proud to Care initiative is set up to help anyone thinking of working in care and particularly wants to hear from people who can work in care this winter. The Proud to Care website advertises hundreds of vacancies and contains information, guidance and case studies of others who now work in care.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“Working in care is so rewarding and offers long term career opportunities for anyone motivated by helping and improving the lives of others. Christmas will be a difficult time for many people this year, so providing care to people that cannot be with their loved ones is, more than ever, vitally important. 

“Many ideal care workers come from many different backgrounds including retail, hospitality and customer services as they have the transferable people skills needed to be good carers. As we continue to be under restrictions to day to day life a number of people in these industries are facing redundancy so care work offers a great new opportunity.”

Former shop manager Lesley now works as a Care Assistant in the Chichester area.

She said: “Not only do I feel like I’m giving something back but the people I care for give so much to me too. I feel so valued and appreciated, I wouldn’t go back to working in retail now. To be a good carer you need to be friendly, versatile, quick thinking and enjoy conversation.”

Local care providers have a range of vacancies offering full or part time hours and either temporary or permanent contracts. This flexibility is perfect for people looking for work to fit around their lifestyle and family commitments, particularly over Christmas.

To find out more about working in care and search for jobs in West Sussex visit www.ProudtoCareWestSussex.com or email www.proudtocare@westsussex.gov.uk

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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